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PROCEEDINGS 



OF THE 



GRAND CHAPTER 

ROYAL ARCH MASONS 
OF CANADA 




« 1948 » 



NINETIETH 

ANNUAL CONVOCATION 

TORONTO, ONTARIO 

APRIL 28 and 29, 1 948 




BROCK 

UNIVERSITY 

LIBRARY 



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GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



PROCEEDINGS 



An Espbcial Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal 
Abch Masons of Canada, was held in the Masonic 
Hall, 17 Division STREET, WELLAND, Ontario, on 
Wednesday, the Twenty-Eighth Day op May, A.D. 

11)17, A. Inv. 2177. 

Present 

If. Ex. Comp. Fred. W. Dean Grand Z.] r m , 

M.Ex. Comp. Llew. F. Stephens as Grand 11. 1 ,, I „ n ^ i , 

K. Ex. Comp, J. A. M. Taylor as Grand J.) uounc!l 

M. Ex, Comp. Edwin Smith Grand Scribe E. 

R, Ex. Comp. Robert Clark as Grand Scribe N. 

It. Ex. Comp. Kenneth X. Carrie as Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Win. G. Smitton as Grand Prin. Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. (has. Sheppard as Grand Sen. Sojourner 

K. Ex. Comp. Sam. Madger as Grand Jun. Sojourner 

K. Ex. Comp. Chas. Fotheringham Grand Organist 

R. Ex. Comp. J. B. Hostetter Grand Superintendent, 

Niagara District, No. 7 

R. Ex. Comp. Harry Grant as Grand Outer Guard 

and the following assisting: — 

R. Ex. Comp. Frank Hayes. 

R. Ex. Comp. A. E. Coombs. 

It. Ex. Comp. Chas. Leys. 

R. Ex. Comp. Win. Field. 

R. Ex. Comp. A. J. W. Sherman. 

K. Ex. Comp. J. L. Hewson. 

R. Ex. Comp. Thos. Camelford. 

R. Ex. Comp. Herb. Sparks. 

R. Ex. Comp. 0. H. Sloan. 

Together with a large number of Present and Past Grand Chapter 
Officers, Principals and Past Principals of Constituent Chapters and many 
visitors from adjoining Districts. A Constitutional number of Chapters 
being represented, Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 8.40 
..'clock p.m., when the Grand First Principal announced that this Especial 
Convocation of Grand Chapter had been called for the purpose of Dedi- 
cating the Chapter Room of Willson Chapter, No. 84, G.R.C., Royal Arch 
Masons, at Welland, Ontario. 

The Ceremony being concluded, the Most Excellent, the Grand First 
Principal closed Grand Chapter at ( .».4l> o'clock p.m. 





Grand Scribe E. 



PROCEEDINGS OF 

GRAND CHAPTER 

ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF CANADA 
NINETIETH 

ANNUAL CONVOCATION 



A.D. 

1948 




A. Inv. 
2478 



HELD IN THE CONCERT HALL, CONVENTION FLOOR 

ROYAL YORK HOTEL 

FRONT STREET WEST 

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA 
WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, APRIL 28 and 29 

A.D. 1948, A. Inv. 2478 
(Ordered to be read in all Chapters and preserved) 
FREDERICK W. DEAN EDWIN SMITH 



GRAND Z 
HAMILTON - ONTARIO 



GRAND SCRIBE E 
LONDON - ONTARIO 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



PROCEEDINGS 



The Ninetieth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter 
Royal Arch Masons of Canada, held in the Concert Hall, 
Royal York Hotel, Front Street, Toronto, Ontario, on 
April 28 and 29, 1948. 

M. Ex. Comp. Frederick William Dean Grand Z.l rrnri j 

R. Ex. Comp. Clarence McLeod Pitts Grand H.}- council 

R. Ex. Comp. Alexander George Noel Bradshaw ....Grand J.) 



PAST GRAND Z.'S 

Most Ex. Comps. Edwin Smith, Walter G. Price, George L. Gardiner, 

Llewellyn F. Stephens, John M. Burden, Reginald V. E. Conover, 

and Roderick B. Dargavel. 

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Walter Garnet Price, D.D.S Grand Treasurer 

Edwin Smith Grand Scribe E. 

W. R. Ledger as Asst. Grand Scribe E. 

George Lawrence Gardiner Grand Historian 

Rev. A. Stanley H. Cree as Grand Chaplain 

Bruce Harrison Smith Grand Scribe N. 

William Bailie Stothers Grand Principal Sojourner 

Frederick V. Higginbottom as Grand Registrar 

W. S. M. Enouy Grand Lecturer 

Claude Richard Lloyd Grand Senior Sojourner 

Charles Bemister Parker, M.D Grand Junior Sojourner 

Gilbert James Hall Grand Director of Ceremonies 

Ernest Lunnon Asst. Grand Director of Ceremonies 

Charles Fotheringham Grand Organist 

Walter Hodge Grand Pursuivant 

Ivan Marks Grand Outer Guard 



GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS 

R. Ex. Comp. Bruce R. Sheeler St. Clair District No. 1 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert A. Mitchell London " " 2 

R. Ex. Comp. Alfred J. W. Sherman Wilson " " 3 

R. Ex. Comp. Howard G. Nix Wellington " " 4 

R. Ex. Comp. William Field Hamilton " " 5 

R. Ex. Comp. Samuel Lewis Bartja Huron " " 6 

R. Ex. Comp. Jacob Bligh Hostetter Niagara " " 7 

R. Ex. Comp. Frank 0. Tidy Toronto East " " 8 

R. Ex. Comp. J. Llewellyn Hewson Toronto West " " 8a 

R. Ex. Comp. Horace Neal Baker Georgian " " 9 

R. Ex. Comp. Harold Ferguson, M.D., Ontario " " 10 

R. Ex. Comp. Everett C. Wood Prince Edward " " 11 

R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Young St. Lawrence " " 12 

R. Ex. Comp. George Leslie Comba Ottawa " " 13 

R. Ex. Comp. Richard Routly Algoma " " 14 

R. Ex. Comp. Leslie Earle Edmonds New Ontario " " 15 

R. En. Comp. John Beattie Temiskaming u " 16 



4 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

GRAND CHAPTER OPENED 

A Constitutional number of Chapters being represented by 
their qualified officers, the Ninetieth Annual Convocation of 
the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada was opened 
in Ample Form at ten o'clock a.m. 

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 

The following distinguished guests were introduced by the 
Grand Director of Ceremonies, V. Ex. Comp. Gilbert J. Hall. 

The Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Quebec: Most 
Ex. Comp. Norman D. Hill, Grand Z. ; Most Ex. Comp. Arthur 
J. Osgood, I.P.G.Z., and Grand Representative of Grand Chap- 
ter Royal Arch Masons of Canada near the Grand Chapter 
Royal Arch Masons of Quebec; Most Ex. Comp. Walter W. 
Williamson, P.G.Z. and Grand Scribe E. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Nova Scotia, with 
Jurisdiction over P. E. Island and Newfoundland: Most Ex. 
Comp. Perry S. Cochrane, M.D., Grand High Priest. 

. Most Excellent Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Con- 
necticut: Most Ex. Comp. Bertram F. Bruce, Grand High 
Priest. 

Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts: Most Ex. 
Comp. Ralph W. Copeland, Grand High Priest ; Right Ex. Comp. 
Lozeah W. Chadwick, Grand Captain of the Host. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Michigan : Most Ex. 
Comp. John H. Chalmers, Grand High Priest ; Most Ex. Comp. 
Chas. G. Williamson, Past Grand High Priest and Grand Sec- 
retary ; Right Ex. Comp. Arthur M. Burke, Deputy G.H.P. and 
Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada near the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons 
of Michigan. 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Jersey : Most Ex. 
Comp. I. Lathrop Allen, Grand High Priest; Right Ex. Comp. 
Dr. Godfrey Pittis, Grand Representative of the Grand Chap- 
ter Royal Arch Masons of Canada near the Grand Chapter 
Royal Arch Masons of New Jersey. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 5 

The Grand Chapter of the State of New York Royal Arch 
Masons: Most Ex. Comp. Frank A. Lobee, Grand High Priest, 
and official Representative of the General Grand High Priest 
of the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons ; Right Ex. 
Comp. Clifford A. McDonald, Grand Rpresentative of the Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada near the Grand Chapter 
of the State of New York, Royal Arch Masons. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Ohio: 
Most Ex. Comp. Herbert T. Leyland, Grand High Priest ; Most 
Ex. Comp. James A. Gorham, Immediate Past Grand High 
Priest. 

Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Rhode Island 
and Providence Plantations : Most Ex. Comp. Edward S. Pratt, 
Grand High Priest; Most Ex. Comp. Warren A. Sherman, 
Immediate Past Grand High Priest. 

Grand Chapter of Vermont, Royal Arch Masons : Most Ex. 
Comp. Harry B. Springstead, Grand High Priest. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Virginia: Most 
Ex. Comp. Daniel P. Sigourney, Grand High Priest. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, State of Wisconsin : 
Right Ex. Comp. Oscar E. Peterson, Grand Representative of 
the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada, near the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, State of Wisconsin. 

Grand Council of Royal & Select Masters of Ontario : Most 
111. Comp. Fred N. Heuchan, Grand Master. 

The Order of High Priesthood of Ontario : Right Ex. Comp. 
Rev. A. S. H. Cree, President. 

The Sovereign Great Priory of Canada, of the United Orders 
of the Temple and Malta : Most Em. Sir Knight and Comp. A. 
Bert Barr, Past Grand Master. 

The Supreme Council 33° Ancient and Accepted Scottish 
Rite of Freemasonry for the Dominion of Canada: Comp. 
George Ross, acting Sovereign Grand Commander. 

Grand Lodge Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Canada 
in the Province of Ontario: Most Wor. Brother and Comp. T. H. 
Simpson, K.C., Grand Master, and Right Wor. Brother and 
Comp. Ewart G. Dixon, Grand Secretary. 



6 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Grand Honours were then accorded. 
The delegates joined in singing the Hymn — 
"0 GOD, OUR HELP IN AGES PAST", 

The Acting Grand Chaplain, R. Ex. Comp. Rev. A. Stanley 
H. Cree, offered the Invocation: 



INVOCATION 

God, Light of the hearts that see Thee, Life of the 
souls that love Thee, and Strength of the thoughts that serve 
Thee, from whom to be turned away is to fall, to whom to turn 
is to rise, and in whom to abide is to stand fast forever, grant 
us now Thy grace and blessing as we are here assembled in 
this Convocation. We humbly beseech Thee to abide with us, 
to reign in us, to make these hearts of ours holy temples, fit 
habitations for Thy Divine Majesty. Establish the work of 
our hands and guard us with the power of Thy grace here and 
in all places, now and at all times for evermore. 

The delegates then joined in singing the National Anthems: 

"GOD SAVE THE KING" 
and 
"THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER" 

ADDRESS OF WELCOME 

Most Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner, on behalf of Most Ex. 
Comp. Fred W. Dean and The Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada, extended the following welcome: 

To say that it is a pleasure for me to again assume the role of 
spokesman for Grand Chapter in extending a warm, friendly and fraternal 
welcome to our many guests is but a mild expression of my feelings. 

As I look back over the years, I am reminded that the reception 
of our distinguished visitors has ever been considered a duty of major 
importance, providing as it does, the opportunity of conveying our deep 
appreciation of those who honour us by their presence and whose attend- 
ance contributes in no small measure to the success of our convocations. 
With this thought in mind, we greet our friends who hail from across 
the borderline, our Companions from Sister Provinces and those who 
represent other branches of this Ancient and Honorable Society. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 11)48 7 

\\v meet today under conditions of stress and turmoil. While it is 
true that within the precincts o£ this Grand chapter, peace, harmony and 

good-fellowship prevail, yet, III the outer world, both home and abroad, 
there is much to disturb our peace of mind. Social, industrial and inter- 
national problems confront US as a nation. The war is now history, 
but, we are still blindly groping in an effort to establish contact with 
that Peace for which we paid the price in blood, tears and sacrifice. Like 
a will-'o-the-wisp permanent and satisfying peace still eludes our grasp 
and each day we are drifting closer to yet another upheaval, which, 
should it come, and God forbid, may well prove a disaster that will 
engulf and destroy present-day civilization. It seems to me that there 
devolves upon the Leaders of democratic countries the task and respon- 
sibility of striking a fearless note that will allay the growing appre- 
hension in the minds of those who anxiously scan the horizon for some 
glimpse of a peaceful solution to the problems that today face a world of 
chaos. 

Let us piously hope that the very blackness of the outlook interna- 
tionally, may provide those charged with the guidance of world-affairs 
with skill and courage to steer the flimsy bark of Peace through the 
tempestuous seas of intrigue, discontent and suspicion, to finally drop 
anchor in the placid waters of the harbor of international confidence 
and good-will. 

It may be that the wit of man is not equal to solving present day 
problems, but, as Masons we must agree that a return to the Great 
Jehovah and the faith of our forefathers will provide courage and in- 
spiration to cope with worldly problems and assist us to adjust all those 
difficulties which beset our pathway and make the attainment of a 
universal peace a happy reality, instead of myth that fills us with 
doubt and anxiety. But let us cast aside these disturbing thoughts and 
live for the happiness that is ours today. 

We are proud and happy to extend fraternal greetings to our 
friends and neighbours from South of the imaginary line that provides 
the line of demarkation between Canada and the United States. Hail- 
ing from Vermont, Virginia, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Jersey, 
New York, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Connecticut, what an oppor- 
tunity to renew old friendships and lay the foundation for new friend- 
ships to be developed in the days to come. As Canadians we have much 
in common with our friends from the United States, socially, industrially 
and Masonically, and long may Old Glory and the Union Jack float 
proudly in the breeze, a symbol of co-operative friendship and an 
alliance of hearts. May your sojourn among us be profitable and pleasant. 

What shall I say to our fellow countrymen from Sister Provinces 
of this fair Dominion? Let me tender a warm welcome to the Mother 
Grand Chapter. It is like a family homecoming, without you our meet- 
ings would not seem complete. On such occasions inter-provincial bound- 
aries are forgotten and together we stand shoulder to shoulder a 
brethren, companions and fellow-members of the great Canadian family. 
Accept our assurance that you are indeed welcome. 

I should like at this time to officially greet our associates of the 
other branches of this great Brotherhood, the militant Knights Templar, 
the Royal and Select Masters, the Order of High Priesthood, and the 
Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. As I have remarked on similar 
occasions, we are all actors in the drama of Masonry, each has a part 
and a very important part to play in the unfolding of our legendary 
history. 



8 GRAND CHAPTER OP CANADA 

While we journey by divergent routes and our methods may differ, 
yet we have a common objective and goal. We are most appreciative 
of your attendance this morning, which is but another evidence of the 
solidarity of this ancient fraternity. May your stay among us be as 
pleasant to you as I am sure that it will be to us. 

And now, as it but fitting, we have the representatives of the Grand 
Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario. We are delighted to receive 
the titular head of our Order and our genial Grand Secretary, R. Wor. 
Bro. Ewart Dixon. Craft Masonry provides the foundation, while the 
Royal Arch furnishes the copestone that adorns and strengthens the 
structure. Together we represent Ancient Freemasonry. May I say 
to M. Wor. Bro. Simpson that while today we labor in the quarries of 
the Royal Arch, as individuals we are not unmindful of the duty we 
owe to the Craft Lodge, which is the basis of all that claims to be 
Masonic. 

Finally, on behalf of the Most Excellent the Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of Canada, I tender to our honoured guests a sincere 
welcome to this our 90th Annual Convocation. 

MEMORIAL SERVICE 

Prayer by the Acting Grand Chaplain, R. Ex. Comp. Rev. A. Stanley 
H. Cree: 

Almighty and Everlasting God, before whom stand the spirits of 
the living and the dead; Light of lights; Fountain of wisdom and good- 
ness; who livest in all humble and gracious souls, we praise and bless 
Thee for all who have witnessed a good confession of Thy glory and the 
welfare of the world; for all who have resisted falsehood and wrong; 
for all who have laboured and suffered for freedom, good government, 
just laws and the sancitiy of the home; and for all who have sought 
to bless men by their charity and sacrifice in good works, and to lighten 
the dark places of the earth; especially for our dear Companions who 
having borne a good witness to the principles that we cherish, have 
passed to their reward. 

We pray that we may hold them in continual remembrance, 
that the sanctity of their wisdom and faithfulness may rest upon our 
earthly days, and that we may be ready to follow them in their example 
of faith, devotion, and service. 

Give us grace, O Lord, to fight the good fight of faith as they did, so 
that when we have finished our course, we may have an abundant entrance 
into Thy Heaveny Kingdom, and may we ever unite in ascribing thanks- 
giving, glory, honour, and power unto the Lord our God, as it was in 
the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. — Amen. 

"There is No Death" was sung by Comp. John Detweiler. 
One minute silence was then observed. 

PRESENTATION OF LIVING PAST GRAND Z.'s 

The Grand Z., Most Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, requested the 
Grand Director of Ceremonies, V. Ex. Comp. Gilbert J. Hall, 
to present the living Past Grand Z.'s. The following were 
present : 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 9 

M. Ex. Comp, Edwin Smith, Grand Z., L928-1929. 

If. Ex. (omp. Walter G. Price, D.D.S., Grand Z., 1930-1931. 

M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner, Grand Z., L935-1936. 

M. Ex. Comp. Llewellyn F. Stephens, K.C, Grand Z., L939-1940-1942. 

M. Ex, Comp. Roderick B. Dargavel, Hon. Grand Z., 1941. 

If. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, K.C, Grand Z., 1943-19 11. 

M. Ex. Comp. Col. Reginald V. E. Conover, O.B.K., Grand />., L945-194G 

Most Ex, Comp. Pcan extended a welcome, after which 
Grand Honours were given. 



TORONTO DISTRICTS EXTEND WELCOME 

To the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Officers and Members 
of the Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

The Excellent First Principals, on behalf of the Chapters of Toronto 
Districts, Nos. 8 and 8a, sincerely welcome you to Toronto for the 90th 
Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter, and hereby pledge our loyalty 
and fidelity. 

We are very conscious, Most Excellent Sir, of the zeal you have 
shown and the many personal sacrifices you are making in the interests 
of Capitular Masonry throughout our jurisdiction. 

It is with great pleasure we extend most cordial greetings and 
welcome to our Companions from the United States of America, and 
hope they will spend a most pleasant time with us, as we know we 
shall be profited by their presence at this Convocation. 

To the representatives of other Grand Bodies in Masonry, and to 
the Companions who come from the various Provinces of our fair Do- 
minion to attend this Convocation, we assure them they are most heartily 
welcome. 

The Principals' Association has devoted much time and effort in 
making the necessary arrangements so that your stay among us may 
be pleasant and enjoyable to you all. We feel satisfied that the delibera- 
tions of this Convocation will be of great benefit to the members of the 
Royal Craft and we hope that, at some future date, we may be able 
to again welcome you to our Queen City. 

Toronto East District, No. 8. 

Ex. Comp. T. H. Snow, St. Andrew & St. John Chapter, Xo. 4, Toronto. 

Ex. Comp. E. M. Woolcock, King Solomon's Chapter. No. 8, Toronto. 

Ex. Comp. Geo. W. Middleton, York Chapter, No. 62. Toronto. 

Ex. Comp. A. J. Smith, St. Paul's Chapter, No. 65, Toronto. 

Ex. Comp. W. Hawkins. Orient Chapter, No. 79, Toronto. 

Ex. Comp. John E. Madill, Succoth Chapter, No. 135, Uxbridge. 

Ex. Comp. John Anderson, The St. Patrick Chapter. No. 1-15. Toronto. 

Ex. Comp. Stewart M. Muir. The Beaches Chapter. No. 163, Toronto. 

Ex. Comp. C. C. Mablev, Victoria Chanter, No. 205. Thornhill. 

Ex. Comp. Fred Wallace, St. Alban's Chapter, No. 217, Toronto. 

Ex. Comp. A. E. Rapson. Beaver Chapter. Xo. % 2'2'\ Toronto. 

Ex. Comp. Robert Cain. Aurora Chapter. No. 235, Aurora. 

Ex. Comp. H. A. McCall, University Chapter, No. 211, Toronto. 

R. Ex. Comp. Frank 0. Tidy, Grand Superintendent. District No. 8. 



10 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Toronto West District, No. 8a. 

Ex. Comp. W. J. Jannaway, Occident Chapter, No. 77, Toronto 

Ex. Comp. Fred C. Hatcher, Toronto-Antiquity Chapter, No. 91, Toronto 

Ex. Comp. R. Ackerman, Shekinah Chapter, No. 138, Toronto. 

Ex. Comp. Wm. G. McClure, Peel Chapter, No. 195, Brampton. 

Ex. Comp. Samuel Perlman, Mount Sinai Chapter, No. 212, Toronto. 

Ex. Comp. E. T. Baycroft, Mimico Chapter, No. 215, Mimico. 

Ex. Comp. Geo. Macdonnell, Ulster Chapter, No. 219, Toronto. 

Ex. Comp. F. A. C. Butler, Lebanon Chapter, No. 220, Lambton Mills. 

Ex. Comp. W. M. Leonard, Port Credit Chapter, No. 230, Port Credit. 

Ex. Comp. Lewis A. Stiver, The St. Clair Chapter, No. 231, Toronto. 

Ex. Comp. Robert Fick, King Cyrus Chapter, No. 232, Toronto. 

Ex. Comp. Sam R. Heaps, Oakwood Chapter, No. 233, Toronto. 

Ex. Comp. R. E. Dean, Humber Chapter, No. 246, Weston. 

R. Ex. Comp. J. L. Hewson, Grand Superintendent, District No. 8a. 

Most Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, acknowledged the welcome 
from Toronto Districts, Nos. 8 and 8a, and assured R. Ex. 
Comp. J. Llewellyn Hewson and R. Ex. Comp. Frank 0. Tidy 
of his sincere appreciation of their greetings. 



ROYAL ARCH MASONS WELCOME 

Most Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, announced: — 
"All Royal Arch Masons, in good standing, and properly 
vouched for, will be made welcome during the Convocation." 



CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES, 1947 

The Grand Scribe E. commenced reading the Minutes of the 
Proceedings of the Eighty-Ninth Annual Convocation, held 
in the City of London, Wednesday and Thursday, April 23 
and 24, 1947, when it was moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, 
seconded by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, and — 

Resolved, — That as the Proceedings of the last Annual Convocation, 
held Wednesday and Thursday, April 23 and 24, 1947, have been printed 
and copies thereof sent to all the Chapters in this Jurisdiction, the 
recorded Minutes be considered as read, and the same is now confirmed. 



ORDER OF BUSINESS 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, and seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, and — 

Resolved, — "That the Order of Business of this Grand Convocation, 
be changed at the discretion of the Grand Z." 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 11 

COMMITTEE ON CREDENTIALS 

R. Ex. Comp. Chas. W. Powers, Chairman of the Creden- 
tials Committee, reported that there were 152 Warranted 
Chapters on the Roll of Grand Chapter, of which 138 Chapters 
were represented by the following: — 

No. 1. Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui, Kingston. 

L. N. Armstrong, P.Z. (Proxy); H. J. Milne, E. Harris, H. 
Thomson, P.Z.'s. 

No. 2. The Hiram, Hamilton. 

Charles West, P.Z. (Proxy); J. C. Leith, R. P. Lehn, P. Mac- 
Dougal, P.Z.'s. 

No. 3. St. John's, London. 

R. A. W. Carter, Z.; J. Pearson, H. D. Taylor, W. E. Bradt, 
W. H. Parker, T. M. Campbell, E. W. Hall, E. D. Carpenter, 
P.Z.'s. 

No. 4. St. Andrew and St. John, Toronto. 

T. H. Snow, Z.; Harold Howell, H.; Wm. Eccles, J.; R. N. Mc- 
Elhinney, A. H. Baynes, T. Peck, L. Jackson, R. J. Gray, J. Bain, 
G. Garnett, P.Z.'s. 

No. 5. St. George's, London. 

A. C. Folmer, H.; H. E. Abell, C. W. Few, A. Cavanagh, W. B. 
Stothers, H. J. McCallum, P.Z.'s. 

No. 6. St. John's, Hamilton. 

W. G. Smitton, C. R. Lloyd, J. E. Grady, W. W. Knight, J. 
Worral, G. Britton, C. P. Kilpatrick, P.Z.'s. 

No. 7. The Moira, Belleville. 

R. L. Orr, Z.; L. E. Vaughan, J.; V. H. Graves, E. C. Wood, 
R. E. Houston, C. E. Meyers, F. S. Follwell, E. T. Cherry, P.Z.'s. 

No. 8. King Solomon's, Toronto. 

E. M. Woolcock, Z.; F. J. Johnson, F. H. McNeill, J. McAllister, 
S. N. Francis, J. C. De La Rosa, F. F. Francis, C. Roy DeWitt, 

A. Carwithen, W. H. Hoare, S. F. Hutchinson, P.Z.'s. 

No. 15. Waivanosh, Sarnia. 

B. W. Street, Z. 

No. 16. Carleton, Ottawa. 

L. Gillespie, Z.; C. W. Powers, E. J. McCleery, A. Page, Fred 
G. Smith, F. A. McDiarmid, P.Z.'s. 

No. 18. Oxford, Woodstock. 

Wm. J. Ratz, Z.; J. Hibner, H.; E. Buckridge, J.; Alex. Wishart, 
L. M. Harley, P.Z.'s. 

No. 19. Mount Moriah, St. Catharines. 

James Dickie, P.Z. (Proxy); W. J. Rose, C. E. Roberts, P.Z.'s. 



12 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

No. 20. Mt. Horeb, Brantford. 

A. J. W. Sherman, N. L. Smith, C. J. Sharpe, P.Z.'s. 

No. 22. Grenville, Prescott. 

A. IT. Adams, Z. 

No. 23. Ezra, Simcoe. 

W. Bradfield, Z.; J. Anguish, A. Johnson, P.Z.'s. 

No. 24. Tecumseh, Stratford. 

C. W. Swartridge, Z.; F. Bradley, P.Z. 

Wo. 26. St. Mark's, Trenton. 

S. A. Weeks, Z.; N. W. Sprague, P.Z. 

Wo. 27. Manitou, Collingivood. 

Norman J. Knuff, P.Z. (Proxy). 

No. 28. Pentalpha, Oshawa. 

A. R. Wilson, N. W. Purdy, P.Z.'s. 

No. 29. McCallum, Dunnville. 

C. J. Lundy, Z.; W. A. Farr, H.; J. Reichel, J.; T. Camelford, 
W. Griffiths, T. Marshall, J. Allen, John Sebben, W. M. Gray, 
O. M. Krick, T. Haney, A. L. Norton, Jas. Logie, 0. A. Lundy, 
Frank Howe, Geo. Munce, J. E. Yocom, J. H. Wells, P.Z.'s. 

No. 30. Huron, GodeHch. 

Thomas Taylor, Z.; W. H. Roope, P.Z. 
No. 31. Prince Edivard, Picton. 

W. C. Hicks, Z. 

No. 32. Waterloo, Gait. 

A. E. Bock, Z.; F. R. Lawrence, H.; A. Wight, F. Forrester, 
P.Z.'s. 

No. 34. Signet, Barrie. 

H. E. McCullough, P.Z. (Proxy). 

No. 35. Keystone, Whitby. 

W. Courtney, Z.; R. J. Ferrton, J.; R. M. Nee, W. F. Harden, 
J. N. R. Thomas, P.Z.'s. 

No. 36. Corinthian, Peterboro. 

J. A. Bradshaw, Z.; D. D. Grant, H.; S. 0. Shields, J.; J. E. 
Girven, D. D. Brown, D. W. Jones, C. A. Sollitt, E. D. Edmon- 
son, P.Z.'s. 

No. 37. Victoria, Port Hope. 

W. C. Davey, Z.; J. Martin, J.; E. A. Hircock, N. Haskett, G. N. 
Taylor, Hector Hinch, M. P. Wicket, Fred Thomas, P.Z.'s. 

No. 40. Guelph, Guelph. 

C. E. Morgan, Z.; P. Vorvus, J.; J. F. Marr, J. A. Robertson, 
R. M. Findley, W. J. VanNorman, E. T. Palmer, F. Radcliffe, 
P.Z.'s. 



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No. 41. Harris, Ingertoll. 

E. A. Webber, P.Z., A. W. Huntley, I\Z. (Proxy). 

No. 44. Mount Sinai, Napanee. 

John Cravin, Z.; A. V. Roy, A. E. Holmes, U B. Mellow, P.Z/i 

No. 4. r ). Excelsior, Colborne. 

W. S. Brown, Z. ; D, Chatterson, J.; A. Wolfraim, A. A. Kemp 
S. E. Turpin, P.Z.'s. 

No. 4G. • St James, St. Mary's. 

John Tanton, Z. 

No. 47. Wellington, Chatham. 

J. M. Reid, Z.; C. W. Best, J.; H. Roach, W. C. Lewies, L. H. 
Veale, P.Z.'s. 

No. 48. St. John's, Colour g. 

P. A. Parks, P.Z. (Proxy); W. S. Cooper, P.Z. 

No. 54. Palestine, St. Thomas. 

F. H. Davis, Z. 

No. 55. Niagara, Niagara-on-the-Lake. 

A. N. Irvine, Z.; G. B. Collard, J. B. Hostetter, P.Z.'s. 

No. 56. Georgian, Owen Sound. 

H. C. Irwin, P.Z. (Proxy). 

No. 57. King Hiram, Port Colborne. 

D. L. Winn, Z. 

No. 59. Sussex-St. Lawrence, Brockville. 

Wm. Henderson, Z.; T. S. Young, P.Z. 

No. 61. Granite, Almonte. 

M. Pilkey, H.; E. J. Lee, G. L. Comba, P.Z.'s. 

No. 62. York, Toronto. 

Geo. W. Middleton, Z.; G. A. Cooper, H.; A. Hill, C. M. Platten, 
W. J. Cook, C. F. Brookes, F. E. Grose, W. Gibson, W. J. Grier- 
son, N. J. McLeod, S. K. Clark, J. Purdy, P.Z.'s. 

No. 64. Willson, Wetland. 

J. Watt, Z.; A. Barron, H.; M. Seeley, J.; L. R. Brennan, C. E. 
Griffen, P.Z.'s. 

No. 65. St. Paul's, Toronto. 

A. J. Smith, Z.; C. B. Parker, M. G. Gooderham, D. H. Bod- 

dington, P.Z.'s. 

No. 66. The Malloch, Sea forth. 

J. Bach. H.; D. L. Reid, W. J. Shannon, J. Keeland, J. E. Heat- 
ing, P.Z's. 

No. 67. Enterprise, FalmsrsUm. 

A. R. Smith. C. J, Schaefer, P.Z.'s. 



14 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

No. 68 Maitland, Kemptville 

C. J. Lazerte, P.Z. 

No. 69. Grimsby, Grimsby. 

R. Cloughly, J.; A. Jarvis, J. B. Lipsitt, H. V. Betzner, P.Z.'s. 

No. 71. Prince of Wales, Amherstburg. 

R. Chas. Rushett, Z.; J. R. Johnston, P.Z. 

No. 72 Keystone, Stirling. 

J. L. Good, Z.; R. A. Patterson, R. W. Meiklejohn, J. S. White- 
head, P.Z.'s. 

No. 73. Erie, Ridgetown. 

Thos. Armstrong, J. G. Carnegie, P.Z.'s. 

No. 74. Beaver, Strathroy. 

E. R. McNeill, P.Z. (Proxy). 

No. 75. St. Clair, Milton. 

Wilfred J. Rowney, Z.; Chas. W. Clark, H.; R. B. Galbraith, 
P.Z. 

No. 76. Mount Nebo, Niagara FaliS. 

Chas. H. Sheppard, P.Z. (Proxy); G. E. French, C. L. Leys, 

F. W. Gregory, John E. Brant, P.Z.'s. 

No. 77. Occident, Toronto. 

Samuel Bustard, H; Donald Caton, J.; W. F. Damp, J. T. Gil- 
christ, S. G. Newdick, R. Falconer, W. J. Damp, Harold Smith, 
Arthur Green, Chas. Emmett, S. E. Solley, Chas. Clayton, J. A. 
Prince, W. H. Murchison, W. G. Varty, J. M. Burden, J. Earl 
Jenkins, Arthur Mason, P.Z.'s. 

No. 78. Minnewawa, Parkhill. 

A. S. H. Cree, P.Z. (Proxy). 

No. 79. Orient, Toronto. 

Wm. Hawkins, Z.; J. W. Wright, W. Scott, T. McDonald, W. E. 
Seeker, L. L. Querie, P.Z.'s. 

No. 80. Ark, Windsor. 

R. J. Hyland, Z.; F. N. Heuchan, W. E. Tregenza, A. R. Bourne, 
P.Z.'s. 

No. 81. Aybner, Aylmer. 

H. P. Grant, P.Z. (Proxy). 

No. 82. Shuniah, Port Arthur. 

H. B. Hardy, Z.; R. Routly, P.Z. 

No. 83. Ionic, Orangeville. 

A. W. Gillespie, Z.; M. W. McLean, P.Z. 

No. 84. Lebanon, Wingharn. 

K. M. MacLennan, Z.; K. H. Saxton, H.; R. A. Coutts, J.; W. H. 
Phair, M. T. Somers, P.Z.'s. 



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No. 88. MacNabb, Dresden. 

W. E. Hopper, P.Z. (Proxy); Ed. Worth, Geo. E. Clark, R. R. 
Dusten, P.Z.'s. 

No. 01. Toronto-Antiquity, Toronto 

F. C. Hatcher, Z.; P. Phipps, H.; W. J. Stewart, R. Somerville, 
S. Manuel, A. F. Tannahill, A. A. Kitchen, D. Calder, S. Donnan, 
James Silk, W. J. A. Lake, P.Z.'s. 

No. 94. Midland, Lindsay. 

M. P. Littner, Z.; A. Rettie, J.; S. Gould, W. C. Blackwell, A. M. 
Fulton, K. W. Griffin, Chas. L. Davidson, H. Dick, H. S. John- 
ston, P.Z.'s. 

No. 95. Tuscan, Sudbury. 

E. T. Querney, Z.; Geo. Shute, K, S. Clarke, P.Z.'s. 
No. 102. Algonquin, Sault Ste. Marie. 

T. E. McCracken, Z.; L. E. Edmunds, P.Z. 
No. 103. St John's, North Bay. 

J. H. Stevenson, Z.; W. R. Stewart, H. E. Ward, P.Z.'s. 
No. 104. White Oak, Oakville. 

S. Portch, Z.; W. R. Edwards, J.; A. D. Carmichael, R. Smith, 

G. C. Gibson, P.Z.'s. 

No. 112. St John's, Morrisburg. 

F. M. Devaul, P.Z. (Proxy); D. Y. Henderson, P.Z. 
No. 113. Covenant, Cornwall. 

A. Mitchell, P.Z. (Proxy). 

No. 114. Bonnechere, Renfrew. 

J. P. Morrison, P.Z. 
No. 115. Brant, Paris. 

C. Naylor, Z.; W. W. Tough, S. B. Stickland, J. L. Churchill, 
P.Z.'s. 

No. 116. Maple, Carleton Place. 

A. G. Illingworth, Z.; M. W. Rogers, J. W. Murphy, P.Z.'s. 

No. 117. Kitchener, Kitchener. 

F. C. Hewitt, Z.; A. C. Mason, J. Shannon, W. R. Cooper, W. J. 
Leach, N. A. MacEachern, R. J. Brown, W. J. Hogan, C. H. 
Carthy, P.Z.'s. 

No. 119. King Cyrus, Leamington. 

E. H. Brennan, P.Z. 
No. 129. Elliott, Mitchell. 

Howard Stacey, Z.; John Edmunds, J.; J. Nelson Davison, P.Z. 
No. 180. Chantry, SoutJia-mpton. 

C. H. Hauser, Z.; C. Fotheringham, P.Z. 
No. 131. Amabel, Wiarton. 

W. H. Work, Z.; W. M. Lee, P.Z. 

No. 132. Leeds, Gananoqur. 

G. R. Gibson, Z.; G. Gibbons, J. M. McMillan, P.Z.'s. 



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No. 133. St. Francis, Smiths Falls. 

W. E. Bennett, Z. 
No. 134. King Darius, Cannington. 

E. J. Hayes, P.Z. (Proxy). 

No. 138. Shekinah, Toronto. 

Harrv Huggins, H.; Charles Wells, J.; Arnold Cook, E. A. Snell, 
Earl Hughes, E. Pearson, W. J. Wadsworth, Walter Harris, 
P.Z.'s. 

No. 140. Fort William, Fort William. 

R. Routly, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 143. Glengarry, Maxville. 

M. C. Woods, Z. 
No. 144 Pn squ'Ilc, Brighton 

K. A. McQuaid, P.Z. 
No. 145. , The St. Patrick, Toronto. 

J. Anderson, Z.; H. G. Scott, H.; W. J. Johnston, J.; Fred V. 

Higginbottom, Arthur Chandler, Maurice Searle, J. J. Shelley, 

P. W. Rogers, W. R. Ledger, T. Westcott, W. E. Pomeroy, Fred 

Busteed, W. C. Johnston, W. J. Tow, J. Legecy, E. E. Reid, E. H. 

Pratt, R. J. Lewis, Robt. Sproule, E. Hewett, P.Z.'s. 

No. 146. Bernard, Listowel, Ont. 

W. M. Henderson, Z.; Samuel Bartja, P.Z. 
No. 147. Lucknow, Lucknoiv 

Joseph Stewart, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 148. St John's, Vankleek Hill. 

G. D. Mclntyre, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 150. London, London. 

Robert Fulton, H.; F. G. Plewes, A. Hammersley, A. G. N. 

Bradshaw, G. T. Martin, A. E. Selwey, J. W. Plewes, J. J. Bell, 

H. Steele, P.Z.'s. 

No. 151. Laurentian, Pembroke. 

G. B. Schultz, Z. 
No. 153. Somhra, Wallacebvrg. 

J. Burnett, P.Z. (Proxy); W. G. Laing, W. E. Laing, P.Z.'s. 
No. 154. Klondike, Dawson City. 

Edwin Smith, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 155. Ancaster, Ancaster. 

J. Butter, Z.; W. W. Allen, T. A. Calder, P.Z.'s. 
No. 161. Madoc, Madoc. 

D. Armstrong, Z. 
No. 163. The Beaches, Toronto. 

S. A. Parrot, H.; L. A. Wolgar, A. J. Stringer, Fred SprackJin, 

F. L. Meisner, G. L. Gardiner, Harold Perkins, T. J. Mason, 
P.Z.'s. 

No. 164. Lome, West Lome. 

D. G. Grey, P.Z. (Proxy); R. B. Sheeler, P.Z. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, L948 17 

No. lf>8. Ionic, Campbellford. 

Walter Nobes, Z.; W. II. Brady, A. D. Bennett, II. T. Scott, T. J. 

Mason, P.Z.'s. 

No. 169. Temiskaming, New Liskeard. 

Frank Finley, Z.; W. .1. Fuller, J, Penman, W. S. Lavery, G. E. 
McKelvie, P.Z.'s. 

No. 17."». The Hamilton, Hamilton. 

D. L. Ewing, Z.; Win. Field, F. W. Dean, L. F. Stephens, A. P. 
Goerinfc, W. J. Shaw, C. Ralph, P.Z.'s. 

No. 184. Hugh Murray, Fort Erie North. 

Chas. II. Foster, Z.; H. Cohen, P.Z. 

No. 195. Peel, Brampton. 

G. W. McClure, Z.; C. Cheyne, II.; Gordon Mackenzie, J.; R. V. 
Conovcr, H. Spratt, R, W.'Hall, O. T. Walker, P.Z.'s. 

No. 198. Couchiching, Orillia. 

L. A. Prittie, Z.; II. N. Baker, I). C. Patmore, .1. H. Page, P.Z.'s, 

No. 203. Cobalt, Cobalt. 

Frank H. Todd. P.Z. (Proxy). 

No. 205. Victoria, Thornhill. 

C. C. Mablev, Z.; C. W. Martin, J.; H. S. Sparks, Gilbert Hall, 

J. H. Roberts, J. E. Francis, T. J. Davis, P.Z.'s. 

No. 212. Mount Sinai, Toronto. 

Samuel Perlman, Z.; Samuel Abrams, H.; Mark Levy, Mort L. 
Levy, Max Cooper, Art. Cohen, P.Z.'s. 

No. 213. Northern Li;/Jttx, Timmins. 

John Beattie, Frank Wills, P.Z.'s. 
No. 214. Vimy, Inwood. 

H. McCracken, Z.; R. A. Mitchell, G. R. Tinney, B. Russell, 

L. Elliott. P.Z.'s. 

No. 215. Mimico, Mimico. 

E. A. Reed, J. C. Walker, T. B. Ropers, P.Z.>. 
No. 217. St. Alban's, Toronto. 

J. Mackie, II. Walker, J. L. House, P.Z.'s. 
No. 219. Ulster, Toronto. 

G. C. MacDowell, Z.; J. W. Sheard, H.; L. J. Colling, J.; R. A. 
Boddy, Henry C. Kesteven, D. S. MacLachlan, Wm. H. Hiett, 
Alex. MacLeod, J. L. Hewson, J. S. Bremner, J. McCulla, P.Z.'s. 

No. 220. Lebanon, Lambton Milts. 

F. A. Butler, Z. ; W. J. Kirkpatrick, H.; J. G. Beckett, J.; J. A. 
Evans, W. K. Hansford, W. F. Leuty, W. H. Carr, R. N. Carr, 
W. M. Creech, J. F. Molloy, P.Z.'s. 

No. 222. Ottawa, Ottawa. 

J. S. Abernethy. ^-; B. E. Taylor, C. M. Pitts. A. H. McKee, 
S. F. Smith, H. T. C. Humphries, P.Z.'s, 

No. 224. Keystone, Hamilton. 

F. Eastwood, Z. ; W. Dickson, J.; Robert Clark, P.Z. 



18 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

No. 225. Beaver, Toronto. 

A. E. Rapson, Z.; R. Wilson, W. J. Brackner, J. S. Pickard, 
J. C. Day, W. Pendleton, C. E. Woodstock, J. Alcorn, J. J. 
Cairns, J. F. Winton, E. Bastable, P.Z.'s. 

No. 226. Prince of Wales, Perth. 

J. H. Mather, Z.; L. V. Wood, J. W. Wilson, W. E. Thornton, 
P.Z.'s. 

No. 227. Qainte Friendship, Belleville. 

L. F. Walker, Z.; E. Lidster, H.; Bruce Smith, H. J. Pigden, 
M. R. Anderson, P.Z.'s. 

No. 230. Port Credit, Port Credit. 

W. Leonard, Z.; W. G. Price, W. H. C. McEachern, I. N. Tomp- 
kins, W. Maxwell, J. A. Edwards,, P.Z.'s. 

No. 231. The St. Clair, Toronto. 

L. A. Stiver, Z.; Wm. K. Herd, D. C. Young, Jas. W. Woodland, 
Art. E. Johnson, E. C. Shunk, Wm. MacKenzie, P.Z.'s. 

No. 232. King Cyrus, Toronto. 

R. Fick, Z.; E. H. Stanners, H.; W. M. McKenzie, J.; K. N. 
Carrie, J. A. M. Taylor, T. H. Williamson, Wm. J. Black, J. A. 
Marchment, F. Powers, Chas. W. Harris, P.Z.'s. 

No. 233. Oakivood, Toronto. 

S. Heaps, Z.; J. McGregor, H.; W. Parkinson, A. Swain, W. E. 
Gardner, S. W. Butt, J. Burns, F. E. Johnson, Alex. McD. 
Hannah, A. E. Hayward, 0. J. Foreman, P.Z.'s. 

No. 234. Halton, Georgetown. 

Campbell Sinclair, Z.; T. Wold, E. L. Arnold, Y. 0. Thompson, 

F. Carney, G. C. Brown, P.Z.'s. 

No. 235. Aurora, Aurora. 

Robt. Cain, Z.; C. W. Spence, J.; H. Stocks, F. D. Lacey, W. F. 
Boaks, R. H. B. Cook, F. E. Hope, J. H. Knowles, A. M. Graham, 
P.Z.'s. 

Ne. 236. Caledonia, Caledonia. 

Fred Brown, Z.; R. Lang, J.; F. Ross Martindale, E. Burke, 
P.Z.'s. 

No. 238. St. Andrew, London. 

W. G. Chapman, Z.; E. W. Mitchell, H.; Walter Hodge, J. R. 
Arnold, J. C. Wilson, C. B. Morton, P.Z.'s. 

No. 239. Blenheim, Blenheim. 

G. Widmeyer, Z. 

No. 240. Smithville, Smithville. 

W. A. McKennall, Z.; S. Magder, F. Hays, P.Z.'s. 
No. 241. University, Toronto. 

H. A. McCall, Z.; W. S. M. Enouy, F. A. R. MacFadden, E. 
Pickles, A. Pickles, R. H. Pomeroy, P.Z.'s. 

No. 242. St. PauVs, Lambeth. 

H. Lipsitt, Z.; Fred Sheppard, R. J. Henderson, P.Z.'s. 
No. 243. McKay, Stoney Creek. 

John H. Lee, Ed. T. Spera, P.Z.'s. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, L948 L9 

No. 245. I'i > ston, l'n Bton, 

F. R. Kreason, Z.; L. R. Hertel, H.; A. P. Barton, J.; H. G. Nix, 

F. Illingworth, J. Mills, C. Schmeidendorf, B. J. Ferrier, P.Z.';. 

No. 246. Jlumber, Weston. 

R. E. Dean, Z.; D. J. McLean, H.; A. J. Holman, J.; 0. H. 
Sloan, A. F. Nisbet, E. Lunnon, R. B. Dargavel, P.Z.'s. 

No. 247. Nilestoivn, Nilestoivn. 

A. E. Snelgrove, Z.; H. Holmes, J.; G. H. Martin, P.Z. 

No. 249. Palestine, Bowmanville. 

W. G. Pascoe, Z.; H. C. Freeman, H.; R. E. Logan, J.; H. Fer- 
guson, A. W. G. Northcutt, L. T. McLaughlin, P.Z.'s. 

No. 250. Thomas Peters', Windsor. 

Fred J. Cowell, Z. 
No. 251. Kirkland, Kirkland Lake. 

W. G. Moore, Z. 
No. 252. Hiawatha, Sarnia. 

Harold Graham, H.; E. J. Marshall, P.Z. 
No. 253. Regal, Port Dover. 

Leo. Challand, Z.; Willard Butler, P.Z. 

The following 14 Chapters were not represented: — 

Bruce Chapter, No. 53, Petrolia, Ont. 
Pembroke Chapter, No. 58, Mattawa, Ont. 
Havelock Chapter, No. 63, Kincardine, Ont. 
Golden Chapter, No. 90, Kenora, Ont. 
Warkworth Chapter, No. 110, Warkworth, Ont. 
Succoth Chapter, No. 135, Uxbridge, Ont. 
Atwood Chapter, No. 149, Rainy River, Ont. 
Alberton Chapter, No. 152, Fort Frances, Ont. 
Kichikewana Chapter, No. 167, Midland, Ont. 
Kitchener Chapter, No. 210, Russell, Ont. 
Prince Edward Chapter, No. 218, Shelburne, Ont. 
Durham Chapter, No. 221, Durham, Ont. 
Abitibi Chapter, No. 223, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 
Dochert Chapter, No. 248, Arnprior, Ont, 

138 Chapters were represented. 
14 Chapters were not represented. 

152 
There were 564 Registered Delegates, having a total vote of 831. 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 

Chas. W. Powers, Chairman. 
John L. House, Vice-Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. Chas. W. Powers, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Committee on Credentials be 
received and adopted. 



20 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

GRAND REPRESENTATIVES 
The Most Excellent the Grand Z. directed the Grand Scribe 
E. to call the roll of Representatives of Sister Grand Juris- 
dictions, when they assembled before the Altar. The follow- 
ing Grand Representatives answered their names: 

R. Ex. Comp. R. N. McElhinney, Toronto Alabama 

M. " " Reg. V. Conover, Brampton Alberta 

V. " " Percy W. Rogers, Toronto Arizona 

R. " " A. G. N. Bradshaw, London Arkansas 

R. " " John L. House, Toronto British Columbia 

R. " " W. H. C. McEachern, Toronto California 

R. " " Kenneth S. Clarke, Copper Cliff Colorado 

R. " " Harvey J. Milne, Kingston Connecticut 

R. " " F. J. Johnson, Toronto D. of Columbia 

R. " " Kenneth N. Carrie, Toronto Florida 

R. " " F. A. McDiarmid, Ottawa ; Idaho 

R. " " J. J. Shelley, Toronto Illinois 

R. " " A. P. Goering, Hamilton Kansas 

R. " " Rev. A. S. H. Cree, Leamington Kentucky 

R. " " Fred V. Higginbottom, Toronto Manitoba 

R. " " Frank Todd, Cobalt Maryland 

V. " " A. J. Stringer, Toronto Massachusetts 

M. " " Fred W. Dean, Hamilton Michigan 

R. " " Sidney F. Smith, Ottawa Mississippi 

R. " " Wm. J. Tow, Toronto Missouri 

R. " " C. W. Powers, Ottawa Montana 

R. " " W. S. M. Enouy, Toronto Nebraska 

R. " " John W. Plewes, London New Brunswick 

R. " " N. M. Sprague, Trenton , New Hampshire 

M. " " R. B. Dargavel, Toronto New S. Wales 

M. " " John M. Burden, Toronto New York 

R. " • " J. Austin Evans, Toronto New Zealand 

R. " " Clarence M. Pitts, Ottawa Nova Scotia 

R. " " J. A. M. Taylor, Hornby North Dakota 

M. " " Edwin Smith, London Ohio 

R. " " Ed. Worth, Chatham Oklahoma 

R. " " W. E. Tregenza, Windsor Oregon 

M. " " Llew. F. Stephens, Hamilton Pennsylvania 

M. " " George L. Gardiner, Toronto ..Quebec 

R. " " Neil A. McEachern, Waterloo Queensland 

R. " " Ed. H. Brennan, Leamington Rhode Island 

R. " " C. Alex. Sollitt, Peterboro Saskatchewan 

V. " " Alex. MacD. Hannah, Toronto Scotland 

R. " " Herb. Thomson, Kingston South Carolina 

R. " " D. C. Patmore, Orillia South Dakota 

R. " " V. M. Hare, Uxbridge Utah 

R. " " Chas. H. Sheppard, Niagara Falls Vermont 

V. " " Sydney Newdick, Toronto Victoria 

R. " " Fred G. Smith, Ottawa Virginia 

M. " " Walter G. Price, Toronto Washington 

R. " " W. J. Shaw, Hamilton West Australia 

R. " " Harry J. McCallum. London West Virginia 

R. " " W. J. Wadsworth, Toronto Wisconsin 

R. " " Robert Clark, Hamilton Wyoming 

Most Ex. Comp. Dean welcomed the Forty-nine Grand Rep- 
resentatives in suitable terms. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 21 



GRAND Z'S ADDRESS 

To the Officers and Companions of the Most Excellent, 
The Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

My Companions : - 

It seems but yesterday that you entrusted me with the 
leadership of this Grand Jurisdiction, but Time, "like an ever- 
rolling stream", has added another year to History, and it be- 
comes my duty to render to you an account of my stewardship. 
But first let us, with all Masons and men of good-will every- 
where, reverently bow before the Great Jehovah, in humble 
expression of our gratitude for His manifold blessings through- 
out the year and for the privilege of assembling here today, 
ever remembering that our first duty is to Him. 

I am deeply appreciative of the honour you have done me in 
entrusting to me the duties, privileges and responsibilities of 
your Grand First Principal. To the extent of my limited abil- 
ity and in my own humble way, I have earnestly endeavoured 
to merit your confidence in me, to uphold the good name of this 
Grand Chapter and to worthily follow those eminent Masons 
who have preceded me in this exalted office. Whether I have 
justified your choice is for you to judge. 

Each Grand Chapter Convocation is a time when we take 
stock, look back upon the year that is past, record what has 
been accomplished, note any weaknesses which have developed, 
decide what our future program should be and take necessary 
steps to fortify our position and build up our strength. 

It is fitting that the 90th Annual Convocation of our Grand 
Chapter should be held in Toronto, the Queen City, the Capital 
of this great Province of Ontario, outstanding not only in size 
and population, but also for the high place it occupies in the 
realms of industry, trade and commerce, education, culture, 
religion, health and healing, sports and other activities for the 
welfare of mankind. Here, too, we have 26 of our Chapters, 
with 3,647 members, about 20% of our total membership. 



22 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

To all my Companions of our own Grand Jurisdiction who 
are present, I extend greetings and a warm fraternal welcome. 
May our associations during this Convocation be most enjoy- 
able and bind us together in true and lasting friendship. 

It is especially gratifying to us that our Convocation is 
graced with the presence of so many distinguished guests from 
Sister Grand Jurisdictions in Canada and our great friendly 
neighbour to the South, as well as from other Grand Bodies. 
We extend to them a most cordial, sincere and warm welcome. 
We are inspired by their presence and hope they will enjoy 
their visit with us. My association with them has been a great 
pleasure. I shall always be grateful to them for their gracious 
and courteous hospitality and the warmth of their friendship 
on my visits to their Grand Jurisdictions. The exchange of 
fraternal visits between our respective Jurisdictions has knit 
closely ties of friendship, binding us to each other and con- 
tributing to international good-will and neighbourliness, which 
over the years has had much to do with making possible the 
example to all the world of two great nations living side by 
side "with 3,00Q miles of borderline, and more than 100 years 
of Peace". 

It is a particular pleasure to welcome in his official capacity 
our highly esteemed Grand Master, Most Wor. Bro. and Comp. 
J. H. Simpson and to assure him of the warm feelings of loyal- 
ty and regard which this Grand Chapter and all Royal Arch 
Masons in this Grand Jurisdiction have for our Grand Lodge, 
which he so capably represents and presides over; also his 
able and genial Grand Secretary, R. W. Bro. and Comp. Ewart 
G. Dixon, to whom I am personally indebted for assistance 
and advice generously and graciously given. 

We fully appreciate that the Grand Lodge is the founda- 
tion and pillars of that mighty Masonic structure- of which 
Royal Arch Masonry is the summit or copestone. 

It is with sad hearts that we must record the absence of 
our late well-beloved and deeply-lamented head of the Ancient 
and Accepted Scottish Rite, their Sovereign Grand Commander 
and our Excellent Companion, Douglas G. Mclllwraith, who 
met an accidental death a few short months ago. Having en- 
joyed his personal friendship, I had looked forward to his 
attendance here today. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 23 

It is a pleasure to be able to report that Peace and Har- 
mony prevails throughout our Grand Jurisdiction. 

Capitular Masonry throughout the world is making splendid 
progress. Almost without exception, every Grand Jurisdic- 
tion seems to be enjoying a period of increasing numerical 
strength, but many have found it necessary to increase their 
per capita tax to compensate for the general increase in operat- 
ing expenses and the decline in interest rates on investments, 
Reports indicate that in those countries where Masonry was 
wiped out or went under ground, there are signs of re-awaken- 
ing. 

The hearts of Masons throughout the world have been 
stirred deeply by the continuing struggle of our Brethren and 
Companions in the Old Land against tremendous difficulties 
and have been thrilled by another display of that indomitable 
courage and tenacity for which the British people are noted. 
As Royal Arch Masons, we have joined enthusiastically in the 
most laudable campaign of our Grand Lodge in sending food 
parcels to Britain.. It has been gratifying to note that this 
effort has been most successful, far exceeding the original plan. 
From the letters which have been received from the recipients, 
it is evident that strong bonds of friendship and brotherhood 
have been forged between Canada and the Motherland by this 
method of letting our Brothers and Companions "over there" 
know that they are not standing alone. 

Necrology 

The hand of Time moves relentlessly on and each year we 
must note the passing of many stalwart Royal Arch Masons 
who have laboured faithfully and well earned their rest. 

It is with thankful hearts we are able to record that our 
official family has been spared, but during the year 378 of 
our Companions have been summoned into the immediate 
presence of the Most High. We miss their smiling faces and 
hearty hand-clasps. We revere their memory. To their sor- 
rowing loved ones we extend our most sincere sympathy. 



24 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

"It singeth low in every heart, 

We hear it each and all; 
A song of those who answer not, 

However we may call. 
They throng the silence of the breast; 

We see them as of yore, 
The kind, the true, the brave, the strong, 

Who walk with us no more. 

Tis hard to take the burden up, 

When these have laid it down; 
They brightened all the joy of life, 

They softened every frown. 
But, oh, 'tis good to think of them 

When we are troubled sore; 
Thanks be to God that they have been, 

Though they are here no more! 

More home-like seems the vast Unknown 

Since they have entered there; 
To follow them were not so hard, 

Wher'ever they may fare. 
They cannot be where God is not, 

On any sea or shore; 
What-e'er betides, Thy love abides, 

Our God, forever more." 

— John W. Chadwick. 

While Death, "the leveller of human greatness, reduces us 
all to the same level", it may be fitting to mention several in 
Sister Grand Bodies whose passing was of special significance 
in the Masonic world. 

United Grand Lodge of England and Supreme Grand Chapter 
of Royal Arch Masons of England: 

The Rt. Hon. the Earl of Harewood, K.G., Grand Master 
and First Grand Principal, Died May 24, 1947. 

Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Canada, in the Province of 

Ontario : 

Past Grand Master, Past Sovereign Grand Commander 
and R. Ex. Comp. Wm. H. Wardrope, K.C., of Hamil- 
ton, Died June 28, 1947. 

Past Grand Master W. S. Herrington, K.C., of Napanee, 
Died July 16, 1947. 

Past Grand Master and Comp. T. C. Wardley, of Elora, 
Died November 28, 1947. 



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Supreme Council 33° Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of 
Freemasonry for the Dominion of Canada: 

Most Puissant Sovereign Grand Commander, Wor. Bro. 
and Ex. Comp. Douglas G. Mcllwraith, M.D., killed 
in Automobile Accident, February 2, 1948. 

The news of the death of the Earl of Harewood, First Grand 
Principal of the Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of England, also Grand Master, came as a shock. 

He was for years one of the most prominent Freemasons 
in England and was serving his seventh term as First Grand 
Principal. He was the brother-in-law of our present King 
George. He and the Princess Royal celebrated their 25th 
Wedding Anniversary last year. 

The sympathy of this Grand Chapter was suitably extend- 
ed and gratefully acknowledged. 

The passing of Most Wor. Bro. and R. Ex. Comp. Wm. H. 
Wardrope, K.C., was not unexpected as he had been ill for a 
long time. Much of his long and useful life had been devoted 
to Masonry and Canada has lost a distinguished Craftsman 
who did much to strengthen those foundations on which suc- 
ceeding generations have built. 

Not only Masonry, but the world at large, suffered a griev- 
ous loss in the recent sudden and untimely passing of our 
late Excellent Companion, Douglas G. Mclllwraith, a Past Z. 
of The Hamilton Chapter, No. 175, and, since 1940, Sovereign 
Grand Commander of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, 
to which he particularly devoted his exceptionally brilliant 
talents. 

Measured by any standard, he was a "just and upright 
man". His life was a living testimony of his faith in the Great 
Jehovah, as the Eternal Father, and of his devotion to the 
service of his f ellowmen, whom he recognized as his brethren. 

His friendly smile, his easy manner, the thrilling perfection 
and inspiration of his rendition of the beautiful passages of 
ritual, and his noble character will be greatly missed by all 
who knew him. 

"Titles of Honour add not to his worth 
Who is himself an Honour to his Title." 



26 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Having enjoyed the great privilege of his intimate friend- 
ship, I, with his host of friends and Companions, stand con- 
fused and wondering in our loneliness, yet not doubting the 
wisdom of the Great Architect who has summoned him to con- 
tinue his service in the Grand Chapter above. 

"And when, through patient toil, we reach the land 
Where tired feet, with sandals loosed, may rest, 
When we shall know and clearly understand, 
I think that we shall say, 'Yes, God knew best'." 

Installation of First Grand Principal of England 

Due to the death of the First Grand Principal of the Su- 
preme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of England, the 
Rt. Hon. the Earl of Harewood, K.G., his successor was in- 
stalled at their quarterly Convocation held Wednesday, No- 
vember 5, 1947, at Freemasons' Hall, London, England. 

In installing His Grace, the Duke of Devonshire, K.G., in 
this exalted office, the Installing Officer, Most Excellent Acting 
First Grand Principal, V. Rev. A. T. A. Naylor, D.S.O., O.B.E., 
M.A., Dean of Battle, Honorary Chaplain to H.M. the King, 
Third Grand Principal, said in part : 

"It is provided by the Regulations of the Royal Arch that the 
M. W. the Grand Master of the Fraternity of Free and Accepted 
Masons of England becomes the First Grand Principal of the Royal 
Arch, if he is a qualified Royal Arch Mason. The fact that he holds 
that very important position amongst Free and Accepted Masons 
is complete justification for his holding the other important appoint- 
ment of First Grand Principal." 

Before closing the Supreme Grand Chapter, the newly^- 
installed First Grand Principal said in part: 

"I count it a very high honour and privilege to be First Grand 
Principal in this completion of the three Degrees of ordinary Craft 
Masonry, which stresses so wonderfully and so impressively the 
spiritual side of Freemasonry. It is, perhaps, not every Craft Mason 
who is fully qualified to join the Royal Arch, but there are very many 
and ever-increasing numbers of Masons who find in the Royal Arch, 
with its emphasis on the essentially spiritual side of Freemasonry, 
great solace and comfort; and I want to say again what a great 
privilege I feel it is to be the supreme ruler over the Royal Arch, 
which means so much to so many Masons." 



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27 



Visitations 

Having in mind the extent of this wide Grand Jurisdiction, 
it is obviously impossible for your Grand Z. to visit all Chap- 
ters, or even all Districts, in the short space of his term of 
office. However, an effort was made to visit all Districts which 
issued an invitation, but in some cases invitations from indi- 
vidual Chapters could not be accepted, due to conflicting dates. 

It was a distinct pleasure, and one of the happy privileges 
which goes with the office of Grand Z., to meet with so many 
of my Companions in this way. I only regret that limitations 
of time and human endurance restricted such pleasant experi- 
ences. 

Wherever I went, I was impressed by the loyalty, enthusi- 
asm, genuine good fellowship, friendliness and gracious con- 
sideration of all my Companions. 

Being such a unique occasion, it is perhaps fitting to make 
special mention of my visit on June 8 to Ancient Frontenac 
and Cataraqui Chapter, No. 1, Kingston, on the occasion of 
the celebration of their 150th Anniversary. It was, in every 
way, a memorable occasion and one of the highlights of the 
year. 

During the year I travelled more than 24,000 miles and 
append the following record: 

Visits to Constituent Chapters 



Date 

1947- 


Chapter 


No. 


Location 


Occasion 


May 


7— Oakwood 


233 


Toronto 


M.E.M. Degree 




8 — Ezra 


23 


Simcoe 


Royal Arch Degree 




20— The Hamilton 


175 


Hamilton 


Reception in my own Chapter 




22— The St. Andrew 


238 


London 


25th Anniversary 




28 — Willson 


64 


Welland 


Dedication of Chapter Room 


June 


8 — Ancient Frontenac 










and Cataraqui 


1 


Kingston 


150th Anniversary 




17— St. John's 


48 


Cobourg 


75th Anniversary 


July 


3 — Toronto 


185 


Toronto 


Re Amalgamation 




14 — Antiquity 


91 


Toronto 


Re Amalgamation 


Sept. 


27— Kirkland 


251 


Kirkland Lake 


Temiskaming District Reception 


Oct. 


7 — Mount Sinai 


212 


Toronto 


Reception 




11 — Tuscan 


95 


Sudbury 


Field Day. New Ontrio District 


" 


20— Kitchener 


117 


Kitchener 


Ladies' Night 


" 


22 — Sussex-St. Lawrence 


59 


Brockville 


St. Lawrence District Reception 




23— Ulster 


219 


Toronto 


Ladies' Night 




24 — Aurora 


235 


Aurora 


25th Anniversary 


Nov. 


1— Ottawa 


222 


Ottawa 


27th Anniversary 




6 — Oakwood 


233 


Toronto 


25th Anniversary 


" 


13— Wellington 


47 


Chatham 


75th Anniversary 


" 


15— The St. Patrick 


145 


Toronto 


Grand Chapter Night 


" 


21— Kitchener 


117 


Kitchener 


Royal Arch Degree 


" 


26— The St. Patrick 


145 


Toronto 


Ladies' Night 


" 


26— Orient 


79 


Toronto 


70th Anniversary 




27— King Solomon'* 


8 


Toronto 


Past Principals' Night 


Deo, 


20— The St. Patrick 


145 


Toronto 


Memorial Service 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



1948 










Jan. 


5— The Beaches 


163 


Toronto 


Installation 


" 


7 — Oakwood 


233 


Toronto 


Installation 


" 


8— St. Clarr 


231 


Toronto 


Installation 


" 


9 — Occident 


77 


Toronto 


Installation 


" 


20— The Hamilton 


175 


Hamilton 


Installing Z. in my own Chapter 


" 


21— White Oak 


104 


Oakville 


Installation 


" 


22 — King Solomon's 


8 


Toronto 


Installation 




26— Smithville 


240 


Smithville 


Joint Installation with Grimsby 

Chapter, No. 69 


" 


27— Port Credit 


230 


Port Credit 


Installation 




29— Oxford 


18 


Woodstock 


Joint Installation with Harris 

Chapter, No. 41, Ingersoll 


Mar. 


1 0— Beaver 


225 


Toronto 


Royal Arch Degree 


" 


16— St. Mark"s 


26 


Trenton 


Prince Edward District Reception 


" 


1 7 — Lebanon 


220 


Lambton Mills 


Irish Night 


" 


19— Caledonia 


236 


Caledonia 


Ladies' Night 


" 


20— The St. Patrick 


145 


Toronto 


Irish Night 


April 


1 2 — Excelsior 


45 


Colborne 


Presentation of Jewels 


" 


9 — Occident 


77 


Toronto 


Past Principals' Night 


" 


1 5— MacNabb 


88 


Ridgetown 


Presentation of Jewels 


" 


20— Preston 


245 


Preston 


Royal Arch Degree 


" 


21— White Oak 


104 


Oakville 


Presentation of Jewels 


*' 


23— Tecumseh 


24 


Stratford 


Presentation of Jewels 



Visits to Other Grand Jurisdictions 

Invitations were received from many Sister Grand Juris- 
dictions. While unable to accept them all, it was my happy 
privilege to represent the Grand Chapter of Canada at a num- 
ber of them. Some may consider it a waste of time and money, 
but this interchange of visits cannot help but strengthen the 
ties which bind together our Royal Craft throughout the world. 
I wish to acknowledge with deep appreciation the gracious 
and cordial welcome, the generous hospitality and many kind- 
nesses extended to your representative by our Sister Grand 
Jurisdictions. 

On May 14, I attended the 33rd Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter of Alberta, at Edmonton, where I was warmly 
received, extended every hospitality and made an Honorary 
Past Grand Z. with full privileges, an honour totally unex- 
pected and much appreciated. It was their first visit from the 
Grand Chapter of Canada since 1915, when certain differences 
which accompanied the formation of their own Grand Chapter 
were healed. Their treatment of me certainly indicated warm 
regard for their "old Mother". It was a pleasure to note the 
success they enjoyed under M. Ex. Comp. R. M. Lamberton, 
Grand Z., who recorded the restoration of the charter of one 
Chapter and the institution of three new Chapters. 

On October 1-2, accompanied by our Grand Scribe E., M. Ex. 
Comp. Edwin Smith, I attended the 131st Annual Convocation 
of the Grand Chapter of Ohio, in Toledo, where every courtesy 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 29 

and hospitality was extended by M. Ex. Comp. James A. Gor- 
ham, Grand High Priest, and his Officers. The Grand Chapter 
of Ohio enjoys the distinction of having the largest member- 
snip of any Grand Jurisdiction and the past year added to 
their splendid record. They are also noted for their outstand- 
ing efforts in the field of Masonic Education, their present 
Grand High Priest, M. Ex. Comp. Herbert T. Leyland, being 
a leader in this respect, to whom I am personally indebted for 
much assistance, for which I am deeply grateful to him. 

On October 15-16, accompanied by our Grand Scribe E., M. 
Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, I attended the 99th Annual Convoca- 
tion of the Grand Chapter of Michigan, at Kalamazoo. We 
were introduced by R. Ex. Comp. Arthur M. Burke, our Grand 
Representative in Michigan, most cordially received by M. Ex. 
Comp. George Morgan, Grand High Priest, and every courtesy 
and hospitality extended to us. The close association which 
has always existed between our two Grand Bodies was further 
cemented and it was a pleasure and privilege to convey the 
greetings and good wishes of our Grand Chapter. 

On October 28-29, it was my pleasure to attend the 140th 
Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Virginia, at 
Richmond, accompanied by R. Ex. Comp. Fred G. Smith of 
Ottawa, who is our Grand Representative near the Grand 
Chapter of Virginia. Their Grand High Priest, M. Ex. Comp. 
James N. Hillman, who had been severely injured in an auto- 
mobile accident, attended on crutches and extended a most 
cordial welcome and a full measure of that famous Southern 
hospitality which must have originated in Virginia. During 
the Convocation, I witnessed the conferring of the Order of 
High Priesthood and was made an Honorary Member of that 
Body in Virginia, an honour which I deeply appreciate. They 
have 72 Chapters and their Grand High Priest made a record 
of visiting every Chapter during his one-year term, travelling 
some 10,000 miles to do so. They had an increase of 878 in 
membership, making their total now 14,711. They have in- 
creased their membership 25% in three years. Out of 50,000 
Master Masons in Virginia, about 30% are Royal Arch Masons, 
which is something for other Grand Jurisdictions to think 
about. 

On November 12, I attended Adytum Chapter, No. 235, 
R.A.M., Buffalo, on the occasion of an International Convoca- 



30 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

tion, honouring the Grand First Principal of the Grand Chap- 
ter of Canada. I was introduced by R. Ex. Comp. Clifford A. 
McDonald, our genial and very capable Grand Representative 
near the Grand Chapter of New York, and had the honour of 
addressing the large gathering. 

I was also accompanied by 38 Companions of the Hiram 
Chapter, No. 2, Hamilton, and 32 Companions of Occident 
Chapter, No. 77, Toronto. I am deeply indebted to Ex. Comp. 
Raymond L. Bommer, who was then High Priest of Adytum 
Chapter, who overlooked no detail in the generous hospitality 
extended to the Canadian Companions. It was truly a memor- 
able occasion. 

On December 4, I attended the Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Holy Royal Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania, at Philadel- 
phia, being cordially welcomed by M. Ex. Comp. Charles F. 
Weeks, Grand High Priest, and extended every courtesy. Dur- 
ing this visit I had the pleasure of meeting Ex. Comp. Vincent 
Vodean, Past Z. of University Chapter, No. 241, Toronto, who 
is now residing in York, Pa., and who was present at Grand 
Chapter. 

On January 6, 1948, on their invitation, I attended the 
Lodge of Ancient Landmarks, F. & A.M., Buffalo, on the oc- 
casion of the Installation of Ex. Comp. Ray L. Bommer, 
P.G.H.P. of Adytum Chapter, No. 235, R.A.M., Buffalo, as 
their Worshipful Master. A most pleasant evening was en- 
joyed with our American brethren. 

On February 2, 3 and 4, accompanied by M. Ex. Comp. John 
M. Burden, P.G.Z., I attended the Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter of New York, at Albany, commemorating the 
Sesqui-Centennial Anniversary of their Grand Chapter. The 
celebration opened with a Masonic Church Service in the First 
Church in Albany, where the minister, Dr. Raymond F. Clee, 
preached an inspiring sermon on "A Challenging Command". 
They had 522 delegates present, representing 191 Chapters out 
of 214. They reported a net increase in membership of 2,451, 
which is 240 more than in the previous year. They had 40 
Chapters which had an increase of 10%. One of these Chap- 
ters has had a 10% increase for five consecutive years and 
another for four years. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 31 

Their Finance Committee reported that, notwithstanding 
the increase from 40c. to 55c. in their per capita tax a year 
ago, their finances require a further increase and suggested 
the figure be raised to $1.00. 

M. Ex. Comp. Otto H. Maehr extended a cordial welcome 
and R. Ex. Comp. C. A. McDonald, our Grand Representative, 
was most attentive to us. 

One of the highlights was the splendid manner in which 
the Order of High Priesthood, which is compulsory for all High 
Priests in New York State, was conferred by M. Ex. Comp. 
Frank Lobee, their present Grand High Priest, and his able 
officers. 

On February 10-11, it was my happy privilege to represent 
this Grand Chapter at the 25th Anniversary Convocation of 
the Grand Chapter of Manitoba, where I was given a most 
gracious and kindly welcome by M. Ex. Comp. Dr. Walter 
Dalzell, Grand Z., M. Ex. Comp. T. Sellar Cook, Grand Scribe 
E., and the other officers. It was a pleasure to extend the con- 
gratulations of the "Old Mother" Grand Chapter on a quarter- 
century of splendid progress and best wishes for the future. 
They reported a net increase of 123, also that out of 16 Chap- 
ters 11 had shown an increase of 10% or better. They had 
only one suspension in the whole Jurisdiction. 

I was highly honoured by being made an Honorary Past 
Grand Z. of the Grand Chapter of Manitoba, with full privi- 
leges, which is deeply appreciated. 

On March 7, 8 and 9, I was privileged to attend the 150th 
Anniversary Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter 
of Massachusetts, at Boston, where M. Ex. Comp. Ralph W. 
Copeland, Grand High Priest, M. Ex. Comp. George W. Long, 
P.G.H.P., Chairman of their Hospitality Committee, and many 
others extended that royal welcome for which Massachusetts 
is noted and which left nothing to be desired. I was intro- 
duced by R. Ex. Comp. Herman W. Bethe, our Grand Repre- 
sentative in Massachusetts. The fact that their genial Grand 
Secretary, M. Ex. Comp. Raymond T. Sewall, P.G.H.P., was 
unable to attend on account of illness, was the only discordant 
note. 



32 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Their celebration opened with a Vesper Service in the 
"Old South Church in Boston", where a stirring and challeng- 
ing sermon, "The Seats of the Mighty", by Dr. Thos. S. Roy, 
their Minister, thrilled all who were fortunate enough to be 
present. 

A most interesting part of their program was the confer- 
ring of the Royal Arch Degree on 68 candidates, one from each 
Chapter in the State, one of them being the son of the Grand 
Master, who was also present, by the Grand Chapter Exempli- 
fication Team, whose work was as near perfection as anyone 
will ever see. This Degree was conferred in a Chapter opened 
by St. Andrew's Royal Arch Chapter of Boston, the oldest 
Chapter having continuous existence in North America. 

During this Convocation, I also had the privilege of attend- 
ing the 121st Annual Assembly of the Order of High Priest- 
hood of Massachusetts, where this Holy Order was conferred 
on 101 High Priests in a most dignified and inspiring ceremony. 

On March 9, it was my privilege to attend the Annual Con- 
vocation of the Grand Chapter of Rhode Island and Providence 
Plantations, commemorating the Sesqui-Centennial of their 
Grand Chapter, being cordially welcomed by M. Ex. Comp. 
Warren A. Sherman, Grand High Priest, M. Ex. Comp. Edward 
M. Wheeler, Grand Secretary, and other officers. Their Grand 
Chapter came into being on March 13, 1798, the same day as 
the Grand Chapter of Massachusetts. Their celebration also 
opened with a Church Service, in "The First Baptist Church 
in America", where the Minister, Rev. Albert E. Thomas, de- 
livered an inspiring sermon on "Seeking Jehovah". It was 
with extreme regret that I was obliged to curtail my visit to 
Rhode Island that I might also attend the celebration by Mas- 
sachusetts taking place the same day. 

On March 24, I attended the 71st Annual Convocation of 
the Grand Chapter, R.A.M., of Quebec, at Montreal, being 
most graciously received by M. Ex. Comp. Arthur J. Osgood, 
Grand Z., and M. Ex. Comp. Walter W. Williamson, Grand 
Scribe E., and accorded every courtesy and hospitality. 

It was a matter of keen regret that the late M. Ex. Comp. 
Duncan McLellan, who had been our Grand Representative 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 33 

near Quebec for 14 years, passed away recently. He was truly 
one of God's own gentlemen in every sense of the term and 
his loss will be keenly felt. 

Quebec has enjoyed another year of splendid progress, 
showing a net increase of 135, total membership 2,723. Then- 
financial position is very sound, with assets of $41,835.00. 

It was a pleasure and a privilege to convey greetings and 
best wishes from the "Old Mother'' to such a flourishing 
"daughter". 

On April 8, on the invitation of Niagara District, R.A.M., 
No. 200, Niagara Falls, N.Y., I attended their International 
Night, being accompanied by 80 Canadian Companions from 
11 of our Chapters in the Niagara and Hamilton Districts. We 
were most cordially received by Ex. Comp. Leo. C. Thaler, 
their High Priest, who extended a most gracious welcome and 
every hospitality. 

The occasion was graced by the presence of M. Ex. Comp. 
Frank A. Lobee, Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter, 
R.A.M. of the State of New York, who personally received me 
and who also gave a challenging address in the Chapter. 

I had the honour of addressing the Companions at the 
Refreshment Hour. It was a most enjoyable evening in every 
respect and added another link to that chain of friendship 
binding us so close to our great friendly neighbour. 

On April 17, on their invitation, I attended a Testimonial 
Dinner, tendered by his own Chapter, Adytum, No. 235, 
R.A.M., Buffalo, honouring Most Ex. Comp. Frank A. Lobee, 
Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of the State of New York. 

There was a very large attendance, including practically 
all the Grand Officers, many Past Grand High Priests, and the 
Presiding Officers of many Sister Grand Jurisdictions, — a 
splendid tribute to Most Ex. Comp. Lobee. 

The Speaker was Most Ex. Comp. Roscoe R. Walcutt, Gen- 
eral Secretary of the General Grand Chapter, who thrilled all 
present with his splendid address. Would that every Royal 
Arch Mason might have heard it! 



34 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

One of the highlights of the evening was the sparkling wit 
and humour of the genial and gracious Toastmaster, R. Ex. 
Comp. Rev. Chas. D. Broughton, their beloved Grand Chaplain, 
who won the hearts of all present. 

On May 10, M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, Grand Scribe E., 
represented me at the Annual Assembly of the Grand Council 
of Royal and Select Masters of Ontario, at London, Ontario, of 
which Order he is a Past Most Illustrious Grand Master. 

On December 9, M. Ex. Comp. R. V. E. Conover, P.G.Z., rep- 
resented me at the Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal 
Arch Chapter of Massachusetts, at Boston. 

It was with extreme regret that I was unable to accept 
the following invitations: 

May 13, 1947 — Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter 
Royal Arch Masons of Connecticut. 

May 14, 1947 — Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal 
Arch Chapter of New Jersey. 

May 23, 1947 — 24th Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Saskatchewan. 

June 10, 1947 — 130th Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Vermont. 

October 30, 1947 — 98th Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Royal Arch Chapter of Illinois. 

January 21, 1948 — 80th Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Delaware. 

Visits to Other Masonic Bodies 

On June 10, I headed a large delegation of Royal Arch 
Masons on a visit to Temple Lodge, No. 234, A.F. & A.M., Ham- 
ilton, honouring R. Wor. Bro. and R. Ex. Comp. T. H. Hay- 
hurst, who was presented with a 50-year Jewel by the Deputy 
Grand Master. I responded to the toast to the Grand Chapter 
of Canada. It is with much regret that I must add that R. Ex. 
Comp. Hayhurst has since passed to the Grand Chapter above. 

On June 20, it was my privilege to preside as Master in 
my own Lodge, The Lodge of Strict Observance, No. 27, 
A.F. & A.M., Hamilton, when a team composed of members of 
my own Chapter, The Hamilton Chapter, R.A.M., No. 175, 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 35 

Hamilton, conferred the Entered Apprentice Degree on my 
son-in-law, Bro. Ronald Barty. M. Ex. Comp. L. F. Stephens, 
P.G.Z., was the Speaker in the Banquet Room. I am grateful 
to the Worshipful Master of my Lodge for the privilege so 
graciously extended to me. 

On July 16-17, on their very kind invitation, it was my 
particular pleasure and privilege to attend the Annual Com- 
munication of the Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M. of Canada, in 
the Province of Ontario, at Toronto, as your representative. 
I am grateful to Most W. Bro. and Comp. Charles S. Hamilton, 
the retiring Grand Master, for the gracious manner in which 
I was received and for the many courtesies and generous hos- 
pitality extended. Grand Lodge has made notable progress 
under the brilliant leadership of Most Wor. Bro. Hamilton 
and his address to the Brethren was a masterpiece. I was 
afforded the honour of addressing Grand Lodge and conveying 
the cordial greetings of our Grand Chapter. It was especially 
pleasing for me to extend congratulations and good wishes to 
our incoming Grand Master, Most Wor. Bro. J. H. Simpson, 
who is a member of my own Chapter, The Hamilton Chapter, 
No. 175, Hamilton, as was also the late Ex. Comp. Douglas G. 
Mclllwraith, Sovereign Grand Commander of the Ancient and 
Accepted Scottish Rite. 

On September 21, accompanied by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. 
Bradshaw, Grand J., I attended the Annual Divine Service of 
Wilson District, No. 3, held in Wellington Street United Church, 
Brantford, arranged by the Grand Superintendent, R. Ex. 
Comp. A. J. W. Sherman, and sponsored by his own Chapter, 
Mt. Horeb, No. 20. Dr. E. W. Young, the Minister of the 
Church, preached a splendid sermon. Companions from Lon- 
don, Woodstock and Hamilton were present, but the attend- 
ance of the Companions of Wilson District was disappointing. 

On October 9, in my own Lodge, The Lodge of Strict Ob- 
servance, A.F. & A.M., No. 27, Hamilton, I had the distinct 
privilege and pleasure of Raising my son-in-law, Bro. Ronald 
Barty, to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. Again, I am 
deeply indebted to the Worshipful Master for his kindness. 

On October 17, I participated in the 100th Anniversary 
celebration of my own Lodge, The Lodge of Strict Observance, 



86 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

No. 27, A.F. & A.M., Hamilton, of which I have the honour of 
being a Past Master, at which we were favoured by the pres- 
ence of the Grand Master, Most Wor. Bro. and Comp. T. H. 
Simpson, and many of his Present and Past Officers of Grand 
Lodge. He gave an eloquent and inspiring address. 

On November 4, the Principals' Association of Hamilton 
District, No. 5, tendered me a Reception at Hamilton and a 
most delightful evening was enjoyed. 

On November 6, I had the honour and privilege of heading 
a team of Royal Arch Masons from St. John's Chapter, R.A.M., 
No. 6, Hamilton, on a fraternal visit to Tuscan Lodge, No. 551, 
A.F. & A.M., Hamilton, where we conferred the Entered Ap- 
prentice Degree. It was also my privilege to address the 
Brethren at the Refreshment Hour. 

On November 30, it was my sad duty to represent the Grand 
Chapter of Canada as an Honorary Pall-bearer at the funeral 
of our late Most Wor. Bro. and Comp. T. C. Wardley, Past 
Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M. of Canada, in 
Ontario. I had previously enjoyed the privilege of a part in 
the conferring of the Holy Royal Arch Degree on Companion 
Wardley. He was a stalwart, fearless and enthusiastic Mason 
and his kindly presence will be sadly missed by all who had 
the privilege of knowing him. 

On December 30, on the invitation of R. Ex. Comp. B. H. 
Price, Past Grand Superintendent of Georgian District, No. 9, 
I had the pleasure of installing him as Worshipful Master of 
Orillia Lodge, No. 192, A.F. & A.M., Orillia, and was also the 
speaker at the Refreshment Hour. On this occasion, it was a 
particular pleasure to have in attendance Most Wor. Bro. and 
Comp. Charles S. Hamilton, Past Grand Master, and a number 
of other Officers of Grand Lodge, making it a most enjoyable 
evening. 

On January 30, on the invitation of the Principals' Associa- 
tion of Toronto Districts, Nos. 8 and 8a, I enjoyed a very 
pleasant evening with them on the occasion of their Annual 
Dinner. 

On March 12, I attended the Annual Meeting of the Prin- 
cipals' Association of Hamilton District, No. 5, at Hamilton, 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 37 

On March 21, I attended the 18th Annual Divine Service 
of The St. Patrick Chapter, No. 145, in Eglinton United Church, 
Toronto, where the Minister, Ex. Comp. Rev. W. J. Johnston, 
B.D., preached an eloquent sermon on "The Three Principals" 
and I had the honour of reading the Lesson. 

On March 28, it was my privilege to attend the Divine Ser- 
vice of Toronto District, No. 8, in New St. Andrew's Presby- 
terian Church, Toronto, arranged by the Grand Superinten- 
dent, R. Ex. Comp. F. 0. Tidy, and sponsored by his Chapter, 
King Solomon's, No. 8. The attendance was very encouraging. 
The splendid Easter music and the inspiring sermon, "If Christ 
Had Not Risen", by the Minister, Very Rev. S. C. Parker, D.D., 
made this an evening long' to be remembered. It was my privi- 
lege to read the Scripture Lesson. 

On March 31, on the invitation of the Principals' Associa- 
tion of Toronto Districts, Nos. 8 and 8a, I attended their An- 
nual Meeting in Toronto. They are to be commended for the 
excellence of their meetings and it was a pleasure to spend an 
evening with them. 

On April 4, I again had the pleasure of joining with my 
Companions of Toronto District, No. 8a, in their Annual Divine 
Service in Royce Avenue Presbyterian Church, Toronto, ar- 
ranged by the Grand Superintendent, R. Ex. Comp. J. L. Hew- 
son, and sponsored by The St. Clair Chapter, No. 231. The 
attendance was gratifying, being the largest in many years 
and filling the Church auditorium. The Minister, Ex. Comp. 
Rev. David M. Kerr, delivered a fine sermon on "The Stone 
which the Builders Rejected". Scripture Lessons were read 
by the Grand Superintendents of both Toronto Districts and 
myself. 

Visits to Non-Masonic Bodies 

On July 19, 1947, I attended a picnic for Veterans of the 
Red Chevron Hospital, Toronto, at Miles Park Farm, Erindale, 
arranged by the Royal Arch Masons' Welfare Committee of 
the Toronto Districts, who are to be highly commended on the 
splendid work they are doing. 



38 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Dedication 

The new Chapter Room of Willson Chapter, No. 64, at 
Welland, was dedicated on May 28, there being a large attend- 
ance of Present and Past Grand Chapter Officers and Com- 
panions. 

Membership 

While this Grand Jurisdiction has enjoyed an increase in 
membership for a number of years past, I am firmly of the 
opinion that Royal Arch Masonry is not reaching anything 
like the proportion of Master Masons which it should do. 

During the past year we have added to our strength some 
1,825 new members, whereas during the same period the Craft 
Lodges in our Jurisdiction added 6,244 new members, so that 
we obtained 21% of those eligible. 

In our Grand Jurisdiction today there are some 86,000 or 
more Master Masons who are not Royal Arch Masons. It is 
our duty "to dispense light and knowledge to all uninformed 
Masons". In what better way can we do this than to tell them 
how and where they can complete their Master's Degree, 
recover that which was lost and thereby add another stone 
to that glorious Temple which is being erected and dedicated 
to the Great Jehovah, at the same time explaining to them 
that only in a Royal Arch Chapter can this be done? 

We need to make no apology for Royal Arch Masonry. It 
is the completion of the Master Mason's Degree and the sum- 
mit or copestone of the whole Masonic structure, its central 
theme being a recognition of the Fatherhood of God. 

During the year I issued a letter to every Chapter pointing 
out the advisability of setting up a strong Membership Com- 
mittee to make a systematic and organized effort to inform 
eligible Master Masons ; to have Companions who have moved 
away from their home Chapters affiliate ; and to systematically 
contact Companions who have taken demits or been suspended, 
with a view to their restoration. We should conserve what 
we have — reclaim what we have lost — as well as add new mem- 
bers. This requires patient, sympathetic and understanding 
effort. These Committees can make a great contribution to 
Royal Arch Freemasonry. 



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39 



Attention was also directed to the pamphlet "Links Between 
Lodge and Chapter" designed for handing to eligible Master 
Masons, copies of which have been furnished to every Chap- 
ter and supplies of which are available without charge from 
the Grand Scribe E. 

It is a pleasure to pay tribute to Prince of Wales Chapter, 
No. 226, at Perth, which had 48 members at the beginning 
of 1946, added 22 new members during the year and since then 
have added 26 more, doubling their membership in 16 months. 
This did not just happen, but was the result of the energetic 
and enthusiastic efforts of its Officers and members. It is an 
example of what can be done and should be an incentive to 
the Officers of other Chapters. 

Chapters Having Mast Exaltations: 



Chapter 


No. 


Location 


Exaltations 


Tuscan 


95 


Sudbury 


38 


St. George's 


5 


London 


36 


Carleton 


16 


Ottawa 


31 


Occident 


77 


Toronto 


30 


Ottawa 


222 


Ottawa 


23 


Ark 


80 


Windsor 


22 


Laurentian 


151 


Pembroke 


22 


Prince of Wales 


226 


Perth 

Fort William .. 


22 


Fort William 


140 


21 


Chapters Having No 


Exaltations : 






Pembroke 


58 


Mattawa 




Beaver 


74 


Strathroy 
Niagara Falls 




Mount Nebo 


76 




Atwood 


149 


Rainy River 




Klondike 


154 


Dawson City 




Prince Edward 


218 


Shelburne 





Chapters Showing Largest Percentage Net Gain: 



Prince of Wales 226 

Laurentian 151 

Lome 164 

Prince of Wales 71 

Elliott 129 

Bernard 146 

Humber 246 

Excelsior 45 

Our Largest Chapters: 

The St. Patrick 145 

Occident 77 

St. George's 5 

Palestine 54 

Ancient Frontenac and 

Cataraqui 1 

Sussex-St. Lawrence 59 

Corinthian 36 

Carleton 16 



Perth 45.8% 

Pembroke 28.3 

West Lome 26.1 

Amherstburg ,... 25.9 

Mitchell 25.0 

Listowel 22.0 

Weston 21.6 

Colborne 21.2 



Toronto 471 

Toronto 333 

London 322 

St. Thomas 322 

Kingston 321 

Brockville 309 

Peterborough 308 

Ottawa 302 



40 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



Our Smallest Chapters: 

Minnewawa 78 Parkhill 

McKay 243 Stoney Creek 

Excelsior 45 Colborne 

Abitibi 223 Iroquois Falls 

Durham 221 Durham 

Dochert 2*48 Arnprior 

Presqu'Ile 144 Brighton 

Pembroke 58 Mattawa 

Prince Edward 218 Shelburne 



Chapters having 10% net increase 

Chapters having gain in membership 

Chapters having loss in membership 

Chapters having no change in membership. 
Number of Life Members 



29 

121 

21 

11 

4,096 



43 

42 
40 
38 
38 
36 
35 
21 
20 



Membership 


by Districts 


— at January 


1: 




District 


1947 


1948 


Up 


% 


1 


1,207 


1,317 


110 


9.1 


2 


1,890 


2,013 


123 


6.5 


3 


715 


758 


43 


6.0 


4 


823 


869 


4(j 


5.5 


5 


890 


907 


17 


1.9 


6 


785 


830 


45 


5.7 


7 


793 


801 


8 


1.0 


8 


1,859 


1,883 


24 


1.3 


8a 


1,709 


1,764 


55 


3.2 


9 


715 


728 


13 


1.8 


10 


1,259 


1,310 


51 


4,0 


11 


881 


929 


48 


5.4 


12 


1 , 1 25 


1,181 


56 


5.0 


. 13 


1,131 


1,244 


113 


10.0 


14 


764 


785 


21 


2.7 


15 


594 


646 


52 


8.7 


16 


412 


420 


8 


2.0 


17 


72 


71 


— ' 


— 




17,624 


18,456 


833 




Net 


Increase 


832 — 4.7% 







Down 



Dormant Chapters 

Finding that Pembroke Chapter, No. 58, at Mattawa, Ont., 
and Prince Edward Chapter, No. 218, at Shelburne, Ont., have 
been inactive for some years, although they have complied 
with the Constitution by making their Annual Returns, I ap- 
pointed a Special Committee in each case to assist these Chap- 
ters. It is hoped and anticipated that both will become active 
again during the present year. 

It is a pleasure to report that Klondike Chapter, No. 154, 
at Dawson City, Y.T., which was dormant for the past few 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 41 

years, is again active. Masonic interest in that territory is 
increasing. Our Grand Superintendent there, R. Ex. Comp. 
John R. Fraser, is to be congratulated on his efforts, which are 
now bearing fruit. 

Dispensations 

One hundred and thirty-one Dispensations were issued, as 
follows : 

Sixteen to attend Divine Service. 

Sixty to change date or hour for holding Regular Convoca- 
tion. 

Twenty to permit the advancement of officers as required 
by the Constitution. 

Seven to permit the holding of a Chapter in a Dedicated 
Lodge Room. 

Six to permit the receiving and considering of applications 
for Exaltation on account of non-residency. 

Three to permit the Installation of Officers on a day other 
than prescribed in their By-Laws. 

Fifteen to permit the holding of "Social Functions". 

Two to dispense with Convocations in Summer months. 

One to permit the Amalgamation of two Chapters. 

One for a new Chapter, the first for this purpose since 1931. 

I approved the interchange of visits of nine Chapters in our 
Grand Jurisdiction with Chapters outside our Jurisdiction. In 
most cases a Degree was exemplified. 

I refused to permit the conferring of the H.R.A. Degree 
on two candidates in an American Sister Grand Jurisdiction. 

Inter- Chapter Visits 

It has been a pleasure to note the many visits interchanged 
between Chapters within our own Jurisdiction and with those 
in Sister Jurisdictions. I highly commend them. They can- 
not fail to increase interest, develop friendships, widen hori- 
zons, and generally promote that fraternal good-will so truly 
characteristic of our Fraternity. 



42 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Golden Star Chapter, U.D., Dryden, Ontario 

It is indeed a pleasure to report that an application was 
received from ten Royal Arch Masons, residents of Dryden, 
Ontario, one of whom is a past Grand Superintendent, request- 
ing a Dispensation empowering them to meet as a regular 
Chapter, to be called "Golden Star", on the third Monday of 
every month, at the Masonic Temple, owned by the Craft, in 
Dryden. Upon inquiry, I find Dryden has a population of about 
3,000, a fine Paper Mill, a Paper Bag Factory, a Door and Sash 
Factory, is the centre for Northern Ontario, Red Lake, and 
the Sioux Lookout District and is considered a flourishing com- 
munity. 

After consulting with Golden Chapter, No. 90, Kenora, 
Ontario, of which most of the petitioning Companions are mem- 
bers, and receiving their approval, the application having been 
favourably recommended by the Grand Superintendent of Al- 
goma District, No. 14, and having taken into consideration the 
assurance of support from the members of the adjoining Chap- 
ter, I granted a Dispensation as of March 4, 1948, and on 
Monday, March 15, 1948, the said Chapter was instituted, 
under the direction of R. Ex. Comp, Richard Routly, Grand 
Superintendent of Algoma District, No. 14, who is to be con- 
gratulated upon the result of his splendid efforts. 

Amalgamation 

Antiquity Chapter, R.A.M., No. 91, G.R.C. 

and 

Toronto Chapter, R.A.M., No. 185, G.R.C. 

to be known as 

Toronto-Antiquity, Royal Arch Chapter, No. 91, G.R.C, 

Toronto, Ontario. 

For the past two years these two Chapters have been en- 
deavouring to amalgamate, and, having received their request, 
and being desirous of knowing the full details of the suggested 
union, I mlade arrangements to meet them. 

On Thursday evening, July 3, 1947, accompanied by the 
Grand Scribe E., M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, I met the Officers 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 43 

and Members of Toronto Chapter, No. 185, Toronto, and on 
Monday evening, July 14, 1947, 1 met the Officers and Members 
of Antiquity Chapter, No. 91, Toronto. In each case I found 
that the Chapter had conveyed to each member the information 
in accordance with the requirements of the Constitution as 
provided by the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of 
Ontario, as our Constitution did not provide the procedure, and 
they had been given all the facts regarding Amalgamation, as 
prepared by a Special Committee appointed from the Chapters 
interested. In no case were there nine who objected, and, in 
some cases, where objections had been filed, they had been 
withdrawn. All letters were read in full and all particulars 
received. 



It was represented by the many ardent workers present 
from both Chapters that the Amalgamation would be a great 
benefit to Capitular Masonry, and I was also given assurance 
of their continued support for the good of the Order. 

After giving the matter careful consideration, being satis- 
fied that the request and recommendation were in order, and 
believing it to be in the best interests of the Royal Craft, I, 
on July 30, 1947, directed the Grand Scribe E. to notify An- 
tiquity Chapter, No. 91, and Toronto Chapter, No. 185, that I 
approved of their Amalgamation. Dispensation was duly signed 
by me as at the First Day of October, 1947, A.I. 2477. The 
election of officers for the new Chapter, Toronto-Antiquity 
Royal Arch Chapter, No. 91, G.R.C., Toronto, took place at 
their December Convocation, with Installation and Investiture 
of Officers in January. I trust my action meets with your 
approval. 



Financial Position — Per Capita Tax 



A review of our financial position for the past few years, 
during which period prices and costs of all kinds have steadily 
increased, discloses that we have been gradually eating into 
our capital because our receipts have not equalled our expendi- 
tures, as will be shown from the following figures : 



44 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Year Receipts Expenditures 

1940 $13,301.33 $14,943.6G 

1941 12,257.08 15,379.34 

L942 • 12,967.58 15,582.68 

1943 15,077.35 12.989.66 

1944 14,715.89 13,407.47 

1945 L4,386.89 14,706.22 

1946 i 14,441.46 14,582.24 

L947 16,726.16 16,697.45 

$113,873.74 $118,288.72 

Loss over period of eight years — $4,414.98 

As everyone knows, interest rates on investments have 
materially declined in recent years, reducing- our income from 
this source from $4,185.00 in 1940 to $2,994.00 in 1947, a loss 
of $1,191.00 per year. 

The loss in membership from 26,141 in 1930 to 17,624 in 
1947, reduced our income from per capita tax from $13,070.00 
in 1930 to $8,812.00 in 1947, a reduction of $4,258.00 per year. 

Feeling" that the Companions should be fully informed, 
early in the year I appointed a Special Committee, under the 
Chairmanship of M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner, P.G.Z., to 
study the question of the adequacy of our per capita tax. Their 
report has been presented to your Executive Committee, where 
it was thoroughly discussed. They have recommended that 
action be deferred, mainly because the Victory Thanksgiving 
Benevolent Fund campaign is still uncompleted. 

Companions, I would emphasize the importance of this 
matter, which must be faced soon. Many other Grand Juris- 
dictions have found it necessary to raise their per capita tax 
in recent years. We should have faced this issue before now. 
While we have been enjoying the "fat years", we should have 
been "laying in store" for the inevitable "lean years", which 
always follow. 

During this Convocation you will be asked to authorize an 
increase in the charge for Registration and Certificate for new 
members, which is reasonable and I hope will meet with your 
approval. 

Outstanding Dues 

The Chapters in this Grand Jurisdiction had $16,082.00 in 
dues outstanding at the end of 1946 and $17,689.00 at the end 
of 1947. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 4f» 

There seems to be no good reason for dues to be outstand- 
ing more than one year. If a Companion is financially unable 
to pay his annual dues by the end of the year, it will be harder 
for him to pay when they have reached two or three times the 
amount. If he cannot pay, upon proper investigation, his dues 
should be remitted. What better form of Masonic charity 
than to thus aid a Companion in need? 

Every Companion in arrears should be personally inter- 
viewed, where possible, preferably by the First Principal, and 
the reason ascertained. These personal contacts mean much 
when a Companion has lost interest, or something other than 
ability to pay is the reason for his being in arrears. 

Some Chapters have no arrears of dues, thanks to the 
efficiency of their Scribe E. and other officers. It is something 
every Chapter should strive for. 



Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 

It is with mixed feelings that I report to you on this matter. 
More than two years have passed since this campaign was 
launched, December 15, 1945, with a minimum objective of 
$50,000, as a tangible expression of our gratitude to Almighty 
God for Victory in that titanic struggle against the forces of 
Tyranny and Evil which would have destroyed everything we 
hold dear, including Freemasonry, and to establish a living 
and perpetual Memorial of our brave Companions who sacri- 
ficed everything, including life itself, that we might continue 
to enjoy the many blessings of Freedom. 

For such a purpose, the delay in reaching the objective has 
been keenly disappointing. The amount required was divided 
amongst all Chapters, largely based on membership, each 
Chapter being left to raise their quota as they saw fit. These 
quotas were not large, averaging between $3.00 and $4.00 per 
member, thus entailing no actual sacrifice, except perhaps in 
a rare case. 

The standing of the various Districts, as of March 31, 1948, 
was as follows: 



46 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



Standing- District Quota 

1 New Ontario, No. 15 $1,605.00 

2 Yukon, No. 17 200.00 

3 Temiskaming, No. 16 1,510.00 

4 Toronto East, No. 8 7,070.00 

5 Wellington, No. 4 3,035.00 

6 Georgian, No. 9 2,540.00 

7 Hamilton, No. 5 3,400.00 

8 Ontario, No. 10 ' 3,610.00 

9 Ottawa, No. 13 4,025.00 

10 Niagara, No. 7 2,820.00 

11 Wilson, No. 3 2,405.00 

12 Toronto West, No. 8a 6,340.00 

13 London, No. 2 6,000.00 

14 Huron, No. 6 2,735.00 

15 St. Clair, No. 1 3,520.00 

16 Prince Edward, No. 11 3,025.00 

17 St. Lawrence, No. 12 3,550.00 

18 Agoma, No. 14 2,025.00 

$39,391.00 78.7 

In addition to the contributions of individual Companions, 
as shown above, the following amounts have been received 
from other sources: 

Estates (Hamilton District) $2,000.00 

Principals' Assn. (Hamilton District) 25.00 

Special Donations 23.00 



Amount 


% of 


Paid In 


Quota 


$1,643.00 


102.3 


200.00 


100.0 


1,246.00 


82.5 


5,606.00 


79.2 


2,310.00 


76.1 


1,925.00 


75.8 


2,534.00 


74.5 


2,634.00 


72.9 


2,871.00 


71.3 


1,861.00 


66.0 


1,471.00 


61.1 


3,843.00 


60.6 


3,572.00 


59.5 


1,553.00 


56.7 


1,978.00 


56.2 


1,632.00 


53.9 


1,818.00 


51.2 


694.00 


34.2 



$2,048.00 

This makes a Grand Total of $41,439.00, leaving us $8,- 
561.00 short of our Objective of $50,000.00. 

50 Chapters have obtained their full quota, and I hereby 
congratulate them. I also wish to thank those in all Chapters 
who put forth such splendid efforts and gave such loyal support. 

14 Chapters have 75% of their quota. 

35 Chapters have 50% of their quota. 

32 Chapters have 25% of their; quota. 

17 Chapters have less than 25% of their quota. 

5 Chapters have contributed nothing. 

Considering that the past several years has been a period 
when workers have received the highest wages in history, when 
spending on luxuries, amusements, liquor and other non-essen- 
tials has set peak records, can we as Royal Arch Masons hon- 
estly claim that we have done all we can or should do in this 
matter ? How many of us can truthfully say we have made a 
sacrifice in our contribution? What can those Companions 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 47 

say who have made no contribution ? Surely they are as grate- 
ful as the rest of us and are as willing to perpetuate the mem- 
ory of those who gave their all. I can only believe that in 
such cases the matter has not been properly explained to them. 
This duty has been left to each individual Chapter. The Officers 
for the past few years alone know whether they have put 
forth the required effort. 

We recall the response of the Masons in London, England, 
during "the Blitz", when asked to donate their Past Master's 
and Past Principal's Jewels as "old gold" to aid their bombed- 
out brethren and who turned in $50,000.00 worth. What a 
sacrifice that was and how keenly it must have been felt ! Can 
we not emulate their example ? 

The latest records show that 7,189 Companions have con- 
tributed $39,S91.00, an average of over $5.00 each, while 11,267 
Companions have given nothing. The amounts paid by those 
contributing have been generous, and it is a pleasure to ex- 
press our thanks to them all, but even in Chapters which have 
exceeded their quota many Companions have not subscribed. 
In a few Chapters almost the entire membership has shared, 
while in some others only a few have done so. Once again it 
has been demonstrated that leadership and enthusiasm are the 
greatest asset of any Chapter. 

My Companions, as Royal Arch Masons, we accepted this 
challenge. Having "laid our hand to the plough", we cannot 
turn back — Royal Arch Masonry must not — will not — dare not 
fail. I earnestly ask that the necessary effort be put forth to 
raise the balance of this Fund quickly. The satisfaction of a 
completed task and that we have kept faith will be our great 
reward. Let us not fail those of whom Lawrence Bingon 
wrote so eloquently: 

"They went with songs to the battle, they were young, 
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow, 
They were staunch to the end, against odds uncounted, 
They fell with their faces to the foe. 

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old, 
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn, 

At the going down of the sun, and 1 in the morning. 
WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM!" 



48 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Life Membership Fund 

At a meeting of the Grand Council and Past Grand Z.'s, 

June 13, 1947, it was agreed that I should appoint a Special 
Committee to study the possibility of Grand Chapter setting 
up an arrangement whereby Constituent Chapters, if they so 
desired, might turn over their Life Membership funds to be 
consolidated into one such Fund, to be administered by Grand 
Chapter, thereby simplifying the carrying out of the provi- 
sions of Revised Section 246 of the Constitution. 

While there has been no demand or request from Con- 
stituent Chapters that such Life Membership funds be admin- 
istered by Grand Chapter, the Grand Council were of the 
opinion that, now the section of the Constitution referred to 
has been changed, there should be available to Constituent 
Chapters a feasible plan if they wish to avail themselves of it. 
The function of this Special Committee was to develop whether 
or not a feasible plan could be worked out. 

I, therefore, appointed this Special Committee, with R. Ex. 
Comp. C. M. Pitts as Chairman. Their report will be before 
you at this Convocation. 

Conference of Canadian Grand Chapters 

In accordance with the recommendation adopted at our last 
Annual Convocation, I attended a Conference of Representa- 
tives of the several Grand Chapters of Royal Arch Masons in 
Canada, held in the Chateau Laurier Hotel, Ottawa, on Thurs- 
day, August 7, 1947. All Grand Chapters were represented, 
with the exception of British Columbia. The Conference was 
the result of many years of earnest endeavour to have this 
''get together" to talk over activities and problems of the 
Royal Craft. Would that it had been possible for every Past 
Grand Z. and all present members of the Grand Councils in 
Canada to have been present at this Conference to participate 
in the discussions. 

This Conference was a most happy and, in my opinion, a 
successful occasion, which gave evidence of having made a real 
and lasting contribution to the mutual understanding and ap- 
preciation of all Canadian Grand Chapters in the welfare of 
Capitular Masonry in general throughout the Dominion, a 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 49 

recognition of our common problems and a complete unanimity 
in the declaration that the individual sovereignty of each 
Grand Jurisdiction was inviolable and should ever so continue; 
also that the proposed annual or periodical Conference of rep- 
resentatives of our Canadian Grand Chapters should not in 
any way prejudice or restrict or substitute for the General 
Grand Chapter and the affiliation of any or all the Grand 
Chapters in Canada or their co-operation therewith. 

M. Ex. Comp. Reginald V. Harris, K.C., Halifax, Nova 
Scotia, was Chairman, and our own M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, 
Secretary. I had the honour or representing the Grand Chap- 
ter of Canada, accompanied and most ably assisted by R. Ex, 
Comp. C. M. Pitts, Grand H., who also made all the arrange- 
ments at Ottawa which contributed so much to the success 
of the Conference. 

At the beginning of our deliberations it was distinctly 
agreed that we met as a Conference only and that we would 
discuss matters of mutual interest. The Conference is not a 
legislative body and does not affect the sovereignty of any 
Grand Body. 

The items on the Agenda were: 

1. Organization — M. Ex. Comp. Reg. V. Harris, K.C., Nova Scotia. 

2. Conference to have no Territorial Jurisdiction or authority over any 
Grand Chapter, R.A.M., in Canada — . Ex. Comp. Mel. M. Downey 
Alberta. 

3. Dependent Memberhip — M. Ex. Comp. Dr. J. E. Nunn, Saskatchewan. 

4. Uniform Practice — Suspension and Demits — M. Ex. Comp. Walter 
W. Williamson, Quebec. 

5. Dual and Plural Membership — R. Ex. Comp. Roy E. Crawford, Now 
Brunswick. 

6. Grand Chapter Jurisdiction— M. Ex. Comp. Dr. Ben. S. Bailey, 
Manitoba. 

7. Life Membership (Actuarial)— R. Ex. Comp. Clarence M. Pitts, 
Canada. 

8. Uniform Regalia— M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, Canada. 

9. General Business — Benevolence, 

Per Capita Tax, 

Uniform Receipts, 

Policy re Grand Representatives, Sistor Grand 
Jurisdictions, 

Expenses of Conference, Actual out-of-pocket, 

Bulletin or Exchange of views, for Grand Councils 
and Past Grand Presiding Officers of Grand 
Chapters R.A.M. in Canada. 



50 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

For eight hours your representatives joined in the general 
discussion which followed each paper, and I am sure these 
deliberations will be beneficial to every Grand Body of Royal 
Arch Masons in Canada. 

It was recommended : 

1. "That a Conference of the Canadian Grand Chapters of Royal Arch 

Masons be held each year for the consideration of matters of mutual 
interest, and that each Grand Chapter be invited to send one official 
delegate to such Conference, it being understood that any other 
members of such Grand Chapters who may desire to attend are also 
welcome." 

2. "No resolution or action by such Conference shall be construed as 

infringing upon the sovereignty of any Grand Chapter, the purpose 
of the Conference being to promote mutual understanding, close co- 
operation and harmony among the several Grand Chapters, and an 
interchange of ideas, without in any way interfering with the powers, 
jurisdiction, policy or administration of any Grand Chapter." 

3. "That such Conference shall be known as the Conference of the Grand 

Chapters, Royal Arch Masons in Canada." 

4. "That the expenses of such Conference, including the travelling ex- 

penses of the official delegates, be pooled and pro-rated on a per 
capita basis, not exceeding 3c. per member." 

5. "That this Conference proceed to elect its first officers consisting of 

a President, Vice-President, Secretary- Treasurer, and two others to 
constitute the first Executive Committee, such Committee to make 
all plans for the next Conference, including time, place, program, 
• speakers, finances, etc., such Committee to hold office until the next 
Conference." 

6. "That such Conference be normally held according to the following 

schedule, namely, in Western Canada in 1948, in Central Canada in 
1949, in Eastern Canada in 1950, in Central Canada in 1951, and 
continuing in such order of rotation; furthermore, it is desirable 
that such Conference be held at the time of the Annual Convocation 
of one of the Grand Chapters." 

7. "That the Proceedings of this Conference be printed or duplicated and 

distributed to the various Grand Chapters and that the study of the 
various papers be commended to the members of the Executive Com- 
mittees and Boards of the various Grand Chapters." 

While it was suggested at our last Grand Convocation, when 
we were authorized to participate in thist Conference, that the 
expenses be limited to 3 cents per capita, due to certain special 
circumstances the expenses averaged 3>4 cents per capita, our 
share being $660.90, for which I trust you will give your 
approval. It is expected that in future years the expense can 
be kept down to 3 cents per capita. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 51 

Arrangements are now being completed for the Second of 
these Annual Conferences, to be held in Toronto in September 
of this year. 

I strongly recommend that the Grand Chapter of Canada 
approve the action of your representative, the recommenda- 
tions contained in this report, and that this Grand Chapter be 
represented at the next Conference. 

Education and Instruction 

For some years past, your Special Committee on Education 
and Instruction, under the capable leadership of M. Ex. Comp. 
John M. Burden, K.C., P.G.Z., have carried on an ambitious 
program, aimed at instructing Grand Superintendents, Chapter 
Officers and Companions in their duties, responsibilities and 
privileges, as well as widening their knowledge of Masonry in 
general and Royal Arch Masonry in particular. Much hard 
work and patient effort was put forth, but results have been 
somewhat discouraging. In many cases Chapter Officers failed 
to attend instruction meetings, which could be held only once 
a year, and missed entirely any benefit they might have re- 
ceived. 

After heading this important Committee for a number of 
years, M. Ex. Comp. Burden could not be persuaded to carry 
on. M. Ex. Comp. Conover, who has taken a keen interest in 
Masonic Education, also found it impossible to accept, but we 
were fortunate in being able to secure R. Ex. Comp. Dr. J. A. 
Evans, who has distinguished himself in this position in past 
years, to again take charge, with R. Ex. Comps. J. A. M. Taylor 
and A. F. Tannahill, together with the Grand Council and 
Grand Scribe E., acting on the Committee. This Committee 
has worked hard, and I feel considerable has been accomplished 
during the year. I would like to pay tribute to the Committee 
for their splendid service and mention the following: 

In order to settle the many questions as to the proper in- 
terpretation of various parts of "The Work", and to clarify 
same by some recognized authority, a "Manual of Instructions" 
was issued early in the year. This was enthusiastically re- 
ceived throughout our Jurisdiction, as well as in the other 
Jurisdictions in Canada who are using the same Work. There 
has since been a noticeable improvement in the uniformity of 
the ritualistic work throughout the Jurisdiction. 



52 (I I! AND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

A survey of the results being obtained under the system 
of instruction of Chapter Officers, as in effect during the past 
few years, having revealed that this instruction was not getting 
down to the Chapter Officers, a "Manual for Chapter Officers" 
is being prepared for distribution to all Chapters, thus giving 
them something which they can study at their convenience and 
have available for reference throughout their term of office. 
It is earnestly recommended that Chapter Officers make full 
use of this for the benefit of themselves and their Chapters. 

It was also thought advisable to change the method of in- 
struction of Grand Superintendents, and your Committee pre- 
pared a pamphlet of "Instructions for Grand Superintendents", 
to be handed to each Grand Superintendent at the time of his 
instruction, together with the lectures which he formerly 
listened to as part of his training. 

A circular was issued to all Chapters containing sugges- 
tions for conduct of the Refreshment Hour, which has filled 
a need. 

For several years we have been trying to emphasize to our 
Companions that we have in our Grand Chapter Library many 
interesting volumes on Masonic subjects and it is disappoint- 
ing to note that, while there has been some improvement dur- 
ing the past year, when 79 books were borrowed from our 
Library, as compared with only 45 books the previous year, 
still it is evident that the 18,000 Companions of this Grand 
Jurisdiction are not making the most use of this means of 
increasing their Masonic knowledge. We have heard much 
of the need for Masonic education and instruction and the 
failure of our Companions to avail themselves of the oppor- 
tunity provided by the wealth of information contained in our 
Library is a matter of grave concern. 

Grand Representatives 

The custom of Grand Jurisdictions exchanging Represen- 
whether it is in many cases serving any useful purpose today, 
although they are the Ambassadors of Good-will and the con- 
necting links binding together all Grand Jurisdictions, 
tatives goes a long way back, but it seems to be questionable 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 53 

A survey of those near our Grand Chapter who hold Com- 
missions as Representatives of Sister Grand Jurisdictions re- 
veals that many of them do not even communicate with the 
Jurisdiction they are supposed to represent, some of them for 
the reason that their communications, written in their first 
enthusiasm, were not even acknowledged by the Grand Juris- 
diction which commissioned them, nor do they send them their 
Proceedings, or keep in touch with them in any way. 

This Grand Chapter has 63 Grand Representatives near 
Sister Grand Jurisdictions, to every one of which our Pro- 
ceedings are sent. They are supposed to at least convey the 
greetings of their Grand Jurisdiction to us each year, but I 
am sorry to state that this year we have heard from only three 
of them. 

We may have been remiss in not properly informing our 
Grand Representatives just what was expected of them. I 
have, therefore, caused instructions to be issued to them, so 
no further doubt will exist. 

The following were recommended by me to other Grand 
Jurisdictions to represent them near our Grand Chapter : 

Colorado — R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth S. Clarke, Copper Cliff, Ont. 
Georgia — R. Ex. Comp. Fergus A. McDiarmid, Ottawa, Ont. 
Manitoba — R. Ex. Comp. Frederick V. Higginbottom, Toronto, Ont. 
Michigan — M. Ex. Comp. Frederick W. Dean, Hamilton, Ont. 
North Dakota— R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, Hornby, Ont. 
Scotland — V. Ex. Comp. Alex. McD. Hannah, Toronto, Ont. 
Washington— M. Ex. Comp. Dr. Walter G. Price, Toronto, Ont. 
Wyoming — R. Ex. Comp. Robert Clark, Hamilton, Ont. 

On the recommendation of other Grand Jurisdictions, the 
following Commissions were granted as our Grand Represen- 
tatives near their Grand Chapters: 

Quebec— M. Ex. Comp. A. J. Osgood, Montreal 

Congratulations 

We are justly proud that two of our Past First Principals 
have been elevated by their brethren to the leadership in Can- 
ada of their respective Christian Churches, and it was a pleas- 
ure to extend congratulations from their Companions to the 
following : 

Ex. Comp. George Frederick Kingston, Past Z.of St. Paul's 
Chapter, No. 65, Toronto, Archbishop of the Diocese of 
Nova Scotia, as Primate of the Church of England in 
Canada. 



54 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

and 
Ex. Comp. Charles H. MacDonald, Past Z. of Lucknow Chap- 
ter, No. 147, Lucknow, and who has just been elected 
by acclamation as our Grand Chaplain, as Moderator 
of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. 

May we all remember these Companions in our daily sup- 
plications, that they may be given strength and guidance in 
their Holy offices. 

Amendments to Chapter By-Laws 

New By-Laws submitted and approved: 
York Chapter, No. 62, Toronto, Ont. 
Tuscan Chapter, No. 95, Sudbury, Ont. 

Amendments to the By-Laws of twenty-five Chapters were 
approved : 

Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui Chapter, No. 1, Kingston, Ont. 

St. Johns Chapter, No. 3, London, Ont. 

Ezra Chapter, No. 23, Simcoe, Ont. 

Keystone Chapter, No. 35, Whitby, Ont. 

Victoria Chapter, No. 37, Port Hope, Ont. 

Guelph Chapter, No. 40, Guelph, Ont. 

Granite Chapter, No. 61, Almonte, Ont. 

York Chapter, No. 62, Toronto, Ont. 

Occident Chapter, No. 77, Toronto, Ont. 

Minnewawa Chapter, No. 78, Parkhill, Ont. 

Algonquin Chapter, No. 102, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

St. Johns Chapter, No. 112, Morrisburg, Ont. 

Kitchener Chapter, No. 117, Kitchener, Ont. 

King Cyrus Chapter, No. 119, Leamington, Ont. 

Shekinah Chapter, No. 138, Toronto, Ont. 

Fort William Chapter, No. 140, Fort William, Ont. 

Bernard Chapter, No. 146, Listowel, Ont. 

London Chapter, No. 150, London, Ont. 

Hugh Murray Chapter, No. 184, Fort Erie North, Ont. 

Couchiching Chapter, No. 198, Orillia, Ont. 

Vimy Chanter, No. 214, Inwood, Ont. 

Quinte Friendship Chapter. No. 227, Belleville, Ont. 

King Cyrus Chapter, No. 232, Toronto, Ont. 

Palestine Chapter, No. 249, Bowmanville, Ont. 

Kirkland Chapter, No. 251, Kirkland Lake, Ont. 

Long Service Jewels 

During the year the following Long Service Jewels were 
awarded, and in many cases it was my pleasure to have the 
privilege of presenting them to the Companions who had so 
justly earned them: 






ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 55 

For Fifty Years a Royal Arch Mason: 

Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui Chapter, No. 1, Kingston, Ont. — 
Ex. Comp. John E. Cunningham, 1897-1947. 

St. Johns Chapter, No. 3, London, Ont.— Comp. Fred Tullett, 1896- 

1946. 
St. Georges Chapter, No. 5, London, Ont.— Comp. George E. Coleman, 

1896-1948; V. Ex. Comp. J. Ed. Keyas, 1897-1948; Ex. Comp. 

John C. Butler, 1897-1948. 

Tecumseh Chapter, No. 24, Stratford, Ont.— R. Ex. Comp. John 
Stevenson, 1896-1946; Ex. Comp. F. E. Adams, 1896-1946. 

Excelsior Chapter, No. 45, Colborne, Ont. — Ex. Comp. Henry J. 
Mayhew, 1895-1945. 

St. John's Chapter, No. 48, Cobourg, Ont.— Ex. Comp. John W. 
Odell, 1896-1947; Ex. Comp. Arch. Bowman, 1897-1947. 

For Fifty Years Installed First Principal: 
(Bar added to 25- Year Jewel) : 

Sussex-St. Lawrence Chapter, No. 59, Brockville, Ont. — 
R. Ex. Comp. Maurice Brown, Z. in 1896. 
This was the tenth one of these awarded so far. 

For Twenty-Five Years Installed First Principal: 

Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui Chapter, No. 1, Kingston, Ont. — 
R. Ex. Comp. Wm. A. Bearance, 1920; V. Ex. Comp. Victor W. 
Bryant, 1919. 

St. Andrew and St. John Chapter, No. 4, Toronto, Ont. — V. Ex. 
Comp. Oscar H. King, 1922. 

Moira Chapter, No. 7, Belleville, Ont. — R. Ex. Comp. Frank H. 
Chesher, 1919; R. Ex. Comp. J. A. Phillip, 1899; R. Ex. Comp. 
J. A. R. McCurdy, 1916-17-18; R. Ex. Comp. E. T. Cherry, 1921. 

Wawanosh Chapter No. 15, Sarnia, Ont. — Ex. Comp. T. Montgomery, 
1914; Ex. Comp. E. C. Lawrence, 1915; Ex. Comp. J. F. Newton, 
1919. 

Oxford Chapter, No. 18, Woodstock, Ont.— Ex. Comp. Clare D. 
McPherson, 1923. 

Corinthian Chapter, No. 36, Peterborough, Ont. — Ex. Comp. R. L. 
Doblin, 1923; Ex. Comp. Joseph M. McCulloch, 1922. 

Excelsior Chapter, No. 45, Colborne, Ont. — Ex. Comp. Wm. Frank 
Griffis, 1913; Ex. Comp. Wm. James Cochraine, 1914; Ex. Comp. 
David C. Peebles, 1920. 

Wellington Chapter, No. 47, Chatham, Ont. — Ex. Comp. John C. 
Stewart, 1916; Ex. Comp. Joseph H. Sullivan, 1919; Ex. Comp. 
Amos M. Burtch, 1918. 

St. John's Chapter, No. 48, Cobourg, Ont. — V. Ex. Comp. Chas. R. 
Gummow, 1918. 

Georgian Chapter, No. 56, Owen Sound, Ont.— R. Ex. Comp. Clarence 
L. Vanwyck, 19J5. 



56 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Sussex-St. Lawrence Chapter, No. 59, Brockville, Ont. — Ex. Comp. 
C. N. Begley, 1919; R. Ex. Comp. C. F. Wilkinson, 1909; Ex. 
Comp. F. J. Edward, 1919; R. Ex. Comp. C. W. McLean, 1920; 
R. Ex. Comp. G. Board, 1922; Ex. Comp. W. G. Kennedy, 1921. 

Enterprise Chapter, No. 67, Palmerston, Ont. — R. Ex. Comp. R. G. 
Barton, L919; Ex. Comp. Theo. Morris, 1921; V. Ex. Comp. A. F. 
Buttleston, 1922. 

Prince of Wales Chapter, No. 71, Amherstburg, Ont. — Ex. Comp. 
Chas. R. Hackett, 1918; V. Ex. Comp. H. H. Courtney, 1920; 
Y. Ex. Comp. Howard E. Campbell, 1921; Ex. Comp. Walter S. 
Wigle, 1922. 

Erie Chapter, No. 73, Ridgetown, Ont.— R. Ex. Comp. Harold Childs, 
1920. 

Mount Nebo Chapter, No. 76, Niagara Falls, Ont. — Ex. Comp. Wm. 
E. Weare, 1921; R. Ex. Comp. John Rolston, 1922. 

Occident Chapter. No. 77, Toronto, Ont. — R. Ex. Comp. Thos. J. 
McKeown, 1920. 

Orient Chapter, No. 79, Toronto, Ont.— V. Ex. Comp. Ernest J. 
Wright, 1922. 

Tuscan Chapter, No. 95, Sudbury, Ont. — V. Ex. Comp. Joseph K. 
Workman, 1923. 

St. John's Chapter, No. 103, North Bay, Ont.— R. Ex. Comp. Henry 
Geo. Thorpe, 1918; V. Ex. Comp. James A. Smith, 1920; Ex. 
Comp. Edward B. Willis, 1921. 

St. John's Chapter, No. 112, Morrisburg, Ont.— V. Ex. Comp. E. H. 
Robertson, 1921; Ex. Comp. W. E. Thorn, 1922; Ex. Comp. David 
T. Henderson, 1923. 

Maple Chapter, No. 116, Carleton Place, Ont.— Ex. Comp. Wilbert J. 
Porterfield, 1920; Ex. Comp. Robert J. McLaren, 1922; R. Ex. 
Comp. Wm. H. Hooper, 1923. 

King Cyrus Chanter, No. 119, Leamington, Ont. — V. Ex. Comp. Wm. 
J. Dewar, 1922. 

Succoth Chapter, No. 135, Uxbridge, Onit. — Ex. Comp. John F. 
Curl, 1919. 

Glengarry Chapter, No. 143, Maxville, Ont. — V. Ex. Comp. G. H. 
MacDougall, 1915. 

Lucknow Chapter, No. 147, Lucknow, Ont. — R. Ex. Comp. Fred F, 
Armstrong, 1919; R. Ex. Comp. J. W. Joynt, 1922. 

The Beaches Chapter, No. 163, Toronto, Ont. — Ex. Comp. Frazer 
Matthews, 1918; Ex. Comp. Leo. E. Charles, 1921; V. Ex. Comp. 
W. H. Cunnngham, 1920. i 

Ionic Chapter, No. 168, Campbellford, Ont.— Ex. Comp. H. Butter- 
ill, 1914; Ex. Comp. H. F. McNichol, 1920; V. Ex. Comp. Wesley 
Stephens, 1921. 

Temiskaming Chapter, No. 169, New Liskeard. Ont. — Ex. Comp. John 
Donaldson, 1921; V. Ex. Comp. W. G. Nixon, 1922. 

Hugh Murrav Chapter. No. 184, Fort Erie North, Ont.— V. Ex. Comp. 
Geo. J. Hanes, 1922. 

Peel Chapter, No. 195, Brampton, Ont.— V. Ex. Comp. H. C. Snyder, 
1923; V. Ex. Comp. F. W. Fereday, 1922. 



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Mount Sinai Chapter, No. 212, Toronto, Out.— Ex. Comp. L. M. 
Singer, 1921. 

St. Alban's Chapter, No. 217, Toronto, Out. — V. Ex. Comp. Frederick 
Clenckitt, 1922. 

Durham Chapter, No. 221, Durham, Ont.— R. Ex. Comp. S. D. Croft, 
1920; Ex. Comp. Edward A. Hay, 1922. 

Ottawa Chapter, No. 222, Ottawa, Ont.— V. Ex. Comp. Alex. H. Mc- 
Kee, 1919; R. Ex. Comp. W. E. Gowling-, 1920. 

Keystone Chapter, No. 224, Hamilton, Ont.— R. Ex. Comp. II. E. 
Warner, 1923. 

Quinte Friendship Chapter, No. 227, Belleville, Ont.— Ex. Comp. 
Allan R. Schryver, 1921. 

Aurora Chapter, No. 235, Aurora, Ont.— V. Ex. Comp, Wm. Robert 
McQuade, 1922. 



Divine Services 

The central theme of Royal Arch Masonry being the 
Fatherhood of God, it is difficult to understand the apparent 
apathy and indifference of Royal Arch Masons in the matter 
of their attendance at the various Divine Services held under 
Chapter auspices. 

Personal observation during* the year leads one to question 
the advisability of holding such services when the attendance 
is so small as to be a disgrace. 

Surely, as Royal Arch Masons, we fully recognize that our 
first duty is to the Great Jehovah, — from whom all blessings 
flow, — that worship is an essential part of our life and that 
we should give our full support to everything which promotes 
the spiritual and moral upbuilding of men. 

These Divine Services are a way of showing the communi- 
ties in which we live that Royal Arch Masonry stands for and 
supports the Church — the only institution in the world whose 
primary object is the worship of God, and whose ultimate aim 
is to bring the whole human race to recognize and acknowledge 
the Fatherhood of God. 

We should have more of these Divine Services, but they 
should be so planned and organized as to be a credit to our 
Order. 



58 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Attendance 

There are still some of our Chapters whose meetings are 
not well attended, for which there may be many explanations, 
including a poor Summons, the practice of late opening, indif- 
ferent ritualistic work, no planned program and a general lack 
of interest. 

That good fellowship which is so truly characteristic of 
Royal Arch Freemasonry cannot be enjoyed by those who 
absent themselves from the activities of their Chapter. 

Forgetf ulness of the obligation to obey the sumonses which 
call the Companions to foregather is unfortunately too com- 
mon. Many cannot plead as a reason for their absence "the 
pressing emergencies of their public or private avocations". 
Such Companions fail to contribute what their fellows have a 
right to expect from them, nor do they obtain what they might 
when they habitually neglect to attend their Chapter meetings. 
The building of their own Masonic life and that of their Com- 
panions suffers by their neglect and they are not doing their 
duty as Royal Arch Masons. 

Upon each First Principal and his officers rests the obliga- 
tion of making the meetings of sufficient interest as to en- 
courage regular attendance. It is a definite challenge to leader- 
ship. 

Monthly Summonses 

It has been a pleasure to note that most of the monthly 
Summonses are well prepared and a credit to those respon- 
sible for them. 

When it is considered that this is the only contact many 
Companions have with their Chapter, it is regrettable that in 
some cases these summonses are of little interest. 

Filling them up with lists of the Past Z.'s from the time 
the Chapter was formed, while laudable in many ways, cannot 
be of great interest to the Companions. 

The inside pages could be used for newsy items and to 
create interest. This requires originality and careful planning, 
but it is a good investment, which will pay large dividends. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 59 

Many First Principals do not seem to realize that they, and 
not the Scribe E., are responsible for the monthly Summons. 
It is a definite challenge to each of them and they can aid their 
Chapters greatly in this way. 

Examination and Preparation of Candidates 

I have long felt that we are missing a fine opportunity when 
Chapters do not insist on Candidates learning the questions 
and answers between each Degree. Each Chapter should have 
a competent Committee to instruct Candidates in this respect. 
Where this has been done, the results are gratifying. 

Chapter Dues — Exaltation Fees 

It would seem appropriate to suggest to Constituent Chap- 
ters that they carefully consider whether their present Annual 
Dues and Exaltation Fees are adequate, in view of the general 
increase in expenses. Such Annual Dues should be sufficient 
to finance the Chapter expenses, without recourse to any part 
of Exaltation Fees. 

Placing Exaltation Fees too low defeats its own purpose, 
as prospective candidates are unlikely to show interest in some- 
thing on which we ourselves place too low a value. 

Exaltation Fees — after cost of Regalia, Pennies, and Jewels 
— should be placed in a Reserve Fund and only the income 
from such Fund used for current expenses. 

Insurance 

It might be appropriate to sound a note of caution on the 
matter of insurance coverage on Regalia, Paraphernalia, etc., 
as being perhaps too low in view of present values and cost 
of replacement. There have been a number of fire losses which 
emphasize the importance of this matter. 

Order of High Priesthood 

While having no official connection with our Grand Chapter, 
I commend to all Present and Past First Principals this beauti- 
ful and solemn Order, which dates back to 1799, and is com- 
pulsory in some of our Sister Grand Jurisdictions, though n^t 
in Canada, 



60 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

It is inexpensive, the fee of $10.00 covering Life Member- 
ship, a Membership Card, a beautiful High Priesthood Bible 
and the Jewel of the Order. It cannot fail to impress and bene- 
fit all who take it and should particularly appeal to and aid 
those who are ruling First Principals. 

Royal Arch Masons' Welfare Committee of Toronto Districts, 

Nos. 8 and 8a. 

I cannot speak too highly of the faithful, earnest, unselfish, 
humanitarian efforts being put forth by this splendid group 
of Royal Arch Masons year after year. 

In addition to transporting some 250 mothers and children 
to and from the Toronto City Mission's camp at Bronte, in- 
volving the use of 122 cars, travelling 6,832 miles, bringing 
health and happiness to many who would otherwise get no 
vacation, the work of mercy they have been doing for the 200 
Veterans of two World Wars, at present confined to the Red 
Chevron Hospital in Toronto, involving an expenditure of some 
$850.00, is beyond praise. Many of these "forgotten heroes" 
have been crippled for life — have spent thirty years in hos- 
pital. Theirs is a continuing sacrifice which we cannot really 
comprehend or appreciate. I am sure I speak for all my Com- 
panions of this Grand Jurisdiction in commending those who 
are helping in this generous and sacrificial effort and extend- 
ing best wishes that it may continue to expand. It should be 
an incentive to other Districts to undertake something tangible 
for those less fortunate. 

Appreciation 

It is a particular pleasure to record my sincere appreciation 
of the splendid co-operation and assistance I have received 
throughout the year from our Grand Scribe E., M. Ex. Comp. 
Edwin Smith. His knowledge of our Grand Jurisdiction, ac- 
quired during nineteen years in his present office, is invaluable 
to any Grand Z. Our relations have been most pleasant and 
I gladly pay him this tribute. 

To his efficient assistant, Mrs. Pashka, I would also like to 
extend my appreciation. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 61 

To the other two members of the Grand Council and the 
Past Grand Z.'s who have given me their loyal support and 
generous and friendly assistance, I also express grateful 
thanks. 

During the year, the following Chapters have generously 
conferred on me Honorary Membership and I wish to record 
my thanks and appreciation to them for their kindness and 
this gracious expression of their regard: 

King Solomon's, No. 8, Toronto. 
Toronto-Antiquity, No. 91, Toronto. 
White Oak, No. 104, Oakville. 
Oakwood, No. 233, Toronto. 

Grand Council Meetings 

Three meetings of your Grand Council were held during 
the year, at which we were favoured and aided by the presence 
of some of our Past Grand Z.'s, whose counsel and advice was 
greatly appreciated. 

Benevolence 

To our Supervisor of Benevolence, M. Ex. Comp. R. B. 
Dargavel, who for many years has administered, not only 
efficiently, but with that sympathetic understanding which 
means more than mere financial aid, this Grand Jurisdiction 
owes a debt of gratitude which it can never repay. It is our 
earnest hope that he may be long spared to continue this work 
of mercy. 

In addition to the amount expended from Grand Chapter 
funds for Benevolence, it is pleasing to note that $1,580.00 was 
spent by Constituent Chapters for benevolent purposes during 
the year. 

Grand Superintendents 

It is a pleasure to pay tribute to that splendid group of 
Right Excellent Companions known as our Grand Superin- 
tendents, perhaps the most important officers in our whole 
organization, being the fraternal links between the Chapters 
in their Districts and also between their Chapters and Grand 
Chapter. Knowing local conditions in their District, they are 



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the eyes, ears, hands and mouthpiece of the Grand Z. Truly 
the success of each District depends largely on the Grand 
Superintendent. 

With few exceptions, they have fully justified their selection 
by their earnest, faithful efforts, often entailing much personal 
sacrifice and inconvenience. Their Districts reflect their good 
work. 

The method by which many Districts select their Grand 
Superintendents, by rotation among the Chapters, sometimes 
operates to the detriment of the District. This office should 
be filled by the most highly qualified Companion available, re- 
gardless of his Chapter's claim for consideration. Only those 
properly qualified, well versed in Masonic knowledge, with ad- 
ministrative ability, personality and power of leadership, and 
willing to make the necessary sacrifices which this important 
office entails, should be considered. Seniority, without the 
other essential qualifications, is certainly not enough. 

Scribes E. 

May I say a word of appreciation for this faithful officer 
who is perhaps, in many respects, the most important indi- 
vidual in each of our Chapters, on whom the officers depend 
for counsel and advice and for the efficient administration of 
its affairs. It has often been said that "where the Scribe E. 
is efficient the Chapter is successful and where he is not there 
is no success". 

Except in a few cases, they have promptly complied with 
all the requirements and it is a pleasure to express this recog- 
nition of their unselfish services. 

Memorial to Most Excellent Companion William Mercer Wilson 

Grand Lodge has raised a Memorial to their first Grand 
Master, M. Wor. Bro. and M. Ex. Comp. William Mercer Wilson, 
by placing a suitably inscribed monument on his grave in 
Woodslee Cemetery, near Port Dover. 

As he was also the first Grand First Principal of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada, I would respectfully 
suggest that appropriate action be taken by this Grand Chapter 
to establish a memorial to him and I recommend that a Com- 
mittee be appointed to go fully into the matter and report at 
our next Annual Convocation. 



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Communism 

So much is being heard these days about Communism that 
a word to Royal Arch Masons on the subject might be appro- 
priate. Keeping in mind the great fundamental principles of 
our ancient and honourable institution, let us note carefully 
some of the fundamentals of Communism. 

Contrary to Democracy, it subjugates the citizen or indi- 
vidual to the State. 

It promotes a way of life which gives no recognition to 
moral law. We live in a world controlled by the moral laws of 
the Divine Creator. History is constantly recording where 
these immutable laws have been defied and, in every case, the 
downfall of those who defied them. 

One of the greatest threats to the world today is Godless- 
ness — one of the things Communism advocates. Freemasonry 
having as its greatest fundamental the recognition of the Su- 
preme Being, can we wonder why there is no Freemasonry 
under Communism? 

Fraternal Relations with Other Masonic Bodies 

The most cordial and friendly relations exist between this 
and all other Grand Bodies in our Jurisdiction, but I have long 
felt that the ties with our Grand Lodge should be even closer 
than they have been. 

Comprising as they do the whole of Ancient Craft Masonry, 
with the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch the summit 
or copestone of the Masonic structure, as set forth in no less 
an authority than the second of the Ancient Landmarks, or 
declarations made at the time of union of the two Grand 
Lodges in England in 1813 into the United Grand Lodge of 
England, where it is stated: 

"Ancient Craft Masonry consists of but three degrees, i.e., En- 
tered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason, including the 
Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch"; 

also having in mind the very close relations between Lodges 
and Chapters in England, where Chapters are attached to the 
Lodge, bearing the same name, having the same officers, etc., 
while in the Supreme Grand Chapter the first five officers are 



64 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

those holding similar positions in Grand Lodge, it is an evi- 
dence of the interest shown by the officers of their Grand 
Lodge in Royal Arch Masonry when we find the Acting First 
Grand Principal of the Supreme Grand Chapter of England, 
at their Grand Convocation in August, 1943, making the fol- 
lowing declaration: 

"I think that a good many Freemasons might do more for the 
Royal Arch Chapter than they are doing. I mean by getting Masons 
to become members of the Royal Arch, as many might do if it were 
brought before them. I do not think that all Brethren appreciate 
the fact that the Royal Arch is a continuation of the Craft; and it 
is a very important part of it in a way, because it brings out the 
spiritual side of Masonry and teaches us that only through the 
spirit can we perform our duties and avoid those temptations which 
await us all. So my word to you this afternoon is to ask you just 
to do what you can to bring Brethren into the Royal Arch." 

Along the same line, we note the remarks of the newly- 
installed First Grand Principal of the Supreme Grand Chapter 
of Royal Arch Masons of England, who is also the Grand Mas- 
ter of the United Grand Lodge of England, as quoted on Page 
8 of this address, recognizing the important part the Royal 
Arch occupies in Craft Masonry. 

Strangely, and unfortunately, it must be admitted that in 
this country there is a great lack of knowledge and understand- 
ing of Royal Arch Masonry by officers and members of Craft 
Lodges and even by Grand Lodge officers, which raises the 
question of whether some information along these lines from 
official sources might be appropriate. 

The welfare of Freemasonry in general depends on the close 
co-operation of all Grand Bodies. No one branch of 
Masonry should over-shadow another and no individual Mason 
should permit his enthusiasm for one particular branch to 
prejudice him against another branch. 

The Craft Lodge is our solid foundation, to which we are 
in duty bound to give our respect, loyalty and untiring devo- 
tion. 

There are no other two Masonic Bodies which have so much 
in common as the Lodge and the Chapter. They both have 
similar history and traditions. We, as Royal Arch Masons, 
should always work for our Craft Lodges and they in turn 
might well assist their members to further light and knowledge 



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by explaining to them how they may complete the Master 
Mason's Degree and recover those genuine secrets which were 
lost. 

We must never cause any reflection to be cast upon us as 
Royal Arch Masons because of our attitude towards any other 
Masonic Body. We are all working towards the same ultimate 
end, to which each is making its own contribution, and each 
deserves our co-operation and encouragement. 

Perhaps the time has arrived when the leaders of all Ma- 
sonic Bodies might, with benefit, get together occasionally in 
a Conference to discuss matters of mutual interest. 

Youth Activities 

With the world in a state of turmoil, confused and be- 
wildered as the aftermath of two great World Wars, groping 
for a solution of its problems, slowly realizing that the hope 
of a lasting Peace, of One World based on Universal Brother- 
hood, was only a dream, conscious now that men and even 
Masons are still actuated by Greed and Selfishness, there is 
gradually emerging the realization that only by changing men 
will world conditions be rectified. It is admitted that Universal 
Brotherhood among Men would do it, but this requires some 
common ground on which all men could agree. It would seem 
that nothing but the universal recognition of the common 
Fatherhood of God by all the peoples of the world can bring 
about the Universal Brotherhood of Man. Therefore, as Royal 
Arch Masons, we should be engaged in and lending our support 
to every effort striving to advance the Kingdom of God upon 
the Earth. 

Second only to the Church, Freemasonry is engaged in the 
upbuilding of men, but before we are men we are boys. It is 
my earnest belief that there is no more important work in all 
the world than the training of our Youth — both boys and girls. 
Hitler gave the world a practical demonstration of what could 
be accomplished by training one generation of youth. It is just 
as easy to train them for high and noble purposes. 

"Who touches a boy, by the Master's plan 
Is shaping the course of the future man; 
Is dealing with one who is living seed 
And may be the man whom the world will need." 



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The tragedy of our time is that while much is being done 
to equip our Youth for earning a living, so little is provided 
for that training in the things which promote their spiritual 
and moral growth. 

"Juvenile Delinquency" is one of our great problems. The 
challenge is to us as parents and Royal Arch Masons. Have 
we shifted our responsibility for the proper training of our 
children to agencies outside the home ? Where do our children 
and our neighbours' children get their spiritual training ? Do 
we know those who are teaching or training them? Where 
and how do they spend Sunday? Do they accompany us to 
the House of God, or do we send them, or do we care whether 
they go or not ? 

With our churches less than half filled; fewer than one 
child in four attending Sunday School ; while places of amuse- 
ment are over-crowded; the Sabbath Day commercialized by 
the greed and selfishness of those who would and do exploit 
it for their own gain ; our vocabulary rife with profanity and 
even blasphemy ; our penal institutions filled largely with young 
men and women in their 'teens and twenties ; we are individual- 
ly and collectively faced with the sobering question, "What 
are WE doing about it?". 

• The period from 16-21 years of age is perhaps the most 
important time in the life of a young person. To guide young 
men over that crucial period, some Jurisdictions to the South 
of us have sponsored youth-training organizations, known as 
"De Molay". Some years ago an effort was made to introduce 
this into our Grand Jurisdiction, but it was turned down by 
Grand Chapter in 1925, the reason given being that, "on the 
"broad principle that Masonry should not be linked in public 
"estimation with any non-Masonic Order, over which it has no 
"control or only partial control, but for whose objects, methods 
"and practices it would be held accountable in more or less 
"degree by those within and without the Craft, your Commit- 
"tee reports against the Grand Chapter authorizing Constitu- 
ent Chapters to sponsor or become responsible for any out- 
"side Order. The Order of De Molay is non-Masonic and, there- 
fore, we should not sponsor it." 

While the time-honoured principles of our great Fraternity 
may prevent it, as an organization, from engaging in any of 



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the great social problems, such as this, it can and should plant 
within the heart of every Royal Arch Mason concern for those 
things which will enable the rising generation, not only to 
carry on, but to scale the heights which their fathers were 
unable to attain. 

I know of no field of activity in which Royal Arch Masons 
could be better employed than promoting Institutions and ef- 
forts whose aim is to develop the moral and spiritual life of 
Youth — the home, the Church, the school, and every other 
character-building agency. 

I am strongly of the opinion that the Companions of this 
Grand Jurisdiction should initiate or identify themselves with 
a youth-training movement of some kind, as individuals or m 
some other way. The greatest asset any country can have is 
their young men and women, who in all too short a time will 
replace their elders of today. As we sow, we shall reap. What 
then is of more importance than our duty to them ? 

Our plain duty is to impress upon them that any scheme 
of life which leaves God out is inevitably bound to fail; and 
to make them aware that they have a part to play in the 
government of our own nation, in the development of cordial 
relationships between nations, and in the promotion of ade- 
quate opportunities for right living for all the people of the 
Earth. 

Conclusion 

The year entered upon with glowing hopes and not a little 
trepidation has all too quickly sped. I feel the record of 
achievement leaves much to be desired. My humble efforts 
have been more than repaid by the willing and generous co- 
operation of all my Companions. 

In concluding my remarks at my Installation, a year ago, I 
said, "May the Most High prosper our united endeavours". 
My Companions, I believe you will agree with me that He has 
done so and to Him we ascribe all the praise. 

The motto or slogan of your Officers during the year has 
been "We serve" and we have earnestly endeavoured to do so. 
We have been a happy enthusiastic official family and I thank 
all my Officers for their loyal support. 



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I am deeply conscious of the high privilege and honour 
which has been mine in being permitted to follow my illustrious 
and highly-talented predecessors in this high office. To have 
had the opportunity of leading my Companions in this Grand 
Jurisdiction for one year of their glorious history is something 
for which I shall always be grateful. 

If I might leave a concluding message with you, it would 
be one of optimism. While the world has been passing through 
momentous experiences, there seems no reason for pessimism. 
Surely we are living in a great age, when events of tremend- 
ous significance are taking place. While some would have us 
believe that the forces of Evil are gaining strength, even in 
the short span of our own lives we have witnessed the down- 
fall of those who preached the doctrine of "Might is Right", 
have seen the inevitable triumph of Right over Wrong, have 
watched with awe the Hand of the Almighty stretched out to 
save those who had put their trust in Him, have beheld the 
first attempt of men of all nations to set up a Parliament of 
the World — a Federation of the Nations — the nearest the world 
has ever been to a recognition of the basic or fundamental 
Rights of Man; and finally, we have been thrilled to the very 
depths of our Being by the almost unbelievable spectacle of the 
most powerful nation in the whole world pouring forth their 
treasure in billions of dollars, on a scale heretofore seen only 
for the purposes of war and destruction, to aid their stricken 
and needy brethren in foreign lands, many of them their late 
enemies. 

Surely the Hand of the Great Jehovah can be discerned in 
it all and we can be assured that, while only a few short steps 
have been taken along the road which leads to the Eternal 
City of God, our progress is in the right direction. 

Let us recall how the Great Jehovah spoke to His Prophet 
Haggai that stirring message to Zerubbabel, the son of Sheal- 
tiel, Governor of Judah, and to Joshua, the son of Josadac, the 
High Priest, and to their people: 

"Be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the Lord, 
and work; for I am with thee, saith the Lord of Hosts." 

This is a time for us to work. We should not wait for God 
to do things for us. He has promised to strengthen us to do 



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things for ourselves and for the World and that He will be 
with us. What greater challenge or inspiration could we have ? 
Let us then be encouraged to redouble our efforts to bring 
about that time when, through the universal recognition of 
the Fatherhood of God, the human race may attain the goal 
of the Universal Brotherhood of Man. 

"Rise up, men of God, 

Have done with lesser things, 
Give heart and soul and mind and strength 
To serve the King of Kings." 

When we are prone to consider our efforts as too puny to 
have any significance, let us remember God's message to Ze- 
rubbabel : 

"Not by might nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord." 

It is the spirit alone that counts and the least of us can 
be great in spirit. How easy would be the solution of the 
world's problems if all mankind were imbued by His Spirit. 
That day will come as and when we, who have been privileged 
to know Him, by our own lives, our influence and our efforts, 
extend that knowledge to men everywhere. 

"In Him there is no East or West, 
In Him no South or North, 
But one great Fellowship of Love 
Throughout the whole wide Earth." 

May I quote from Rabbi Joshua Loth Liebman's "Peace 
of Mind": 

"And while we live, we should try to make each day a year as 
far as beauty, nobility, and a warm sense of brotherhood are con- 
cerned. In a time when there is so much cruelty abroad we must 
generate the oxygen of love to keep the soul of the world still 
breathing. Religion should summon all of us to deepen the quality 
of life as a compensation for the diminution of its quantity, to treas- 
ure each other in the recognition that we do not know how long we 
shall have each other, to make life strong and brave and beautiful 
as our answer to the forces of death abroad in the world. We must 
make up for the threatened brevity of life by heightening the 
intensity of life. The crimes and sin for which there should be 
little forgiveness during this epoch are hard-heartedness, selfishness, 
mutual cruelty, lovelessness — all of the little weapons which we 
use to shorten the lives of others. Our very understanding of each 
other can serve to deepen life even when we cannot lengthen it." 

Let each of us accept our individual responsibility, that in 
our daily living we may fulfil the purpose of our being here 



70 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

and gain the approbation of the Master Overseer for the com- 
pletion of our task, that at the end of the day we may hear 
His "Well done, good and faithful servant". 

May we then bravely face the year which lies ahead, con- 
fident that our God Omnipotent Reigneth, rejoicing in the 
privilege we have of serving Him and with the Prayer on our 
lips: 

"Take us and make us holy, 
Teach us Thy will and way, 
Speak and behold we listen, 
Command and we obey." 

Sincerely and fraternally submitted, 




Grand Z. 



Moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, and — 

Resolved, — That the address of the M. Ex. the Grand Z. be referred 
to the Committee on the Grand Z.'s Address, to report thereon during 
the present Convocation of Grand Chapter. 



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COMMUNICATIONS AND GREETINGS 

Letters and telegrams conveying greetings and expressing 
Regrets for non-attendance were received from: — 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Alberta: R. 
Ex. Comp. A. LeRoy Williams, Grand H. 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Saskatche- 
wan: Most Ex. Comp. Alf. Wilson, Grand Scribe E. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of British Columbia: 
Most Ex. Comp. Edgar B. Baker, Grand Z., and Most Ex. Comp. 
George Hugh MacKay, P.G.Z. and G.S.E. 

The Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Manitoba : Most 
Ex. Comp. T. Sellar Cook, P.G.Z. and G.S.E. 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Brunswick: Most 
Ex. Comp. James Stanley Hoyt, Grand Z., and Right Ex. Comp. 
Roy E. Crawford, G.S.E. 

The Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Nova Scotia: 
Most Ex. Comp. Reginald V. Harris, K.C., Past Grand Z., Hali- 
fax, N.S. 

The General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons: Most 
Ex. Comp. Dr. W. E. Spottswood, General Grand High Priest; 
Most Ex. Comp. Roscoe R. Walcutt, General Grand Secretary; 
and Most Ex. Comp. Earl E. Dusenbery, General Grand King. 

The Most Excellent Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Colorado : 
Most Ex. Comp. G. Gordon Julien, Grand High Priest. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Delaware : Most Ex. 
Comp. F. Irving Crow, Grand High Priest, and Right Ex. 
Comp. Marshall M. Carpenter, Grand Secretary. 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Illinois: 
Most Ex. Comp. Ernest M. Campbell, Grand High Priest, and 
Most Ex. Comp. Edward E. Core, Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter of Maine, Royal Arch Masons: Most Ex. 
Comp. Allen L. Curtis, Grand High Priest. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons, State of New Hamp- 
shire: Most Ex. Comp. Alexander J. LeLoup, Grand High 
Priest. 



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The Grand Chapter of the State of New York, Royal Arch 
Masons: Right Ex. Comp. Carl G. Wilhelms, Grand Secretary, 
and Right Ex. Comp. George Allen Cole, Grand Lecturer. 

The Grand Holy Royal Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania : Most 
Ex. Comp. Charles F. Weeks, Grand High Priest, and Right 
Ex. Comp. John C. F. Kitselman, Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of South Dakota : Most 
Ex. Comp. Wm. M. Sonday, Grand High Priest. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Wis- 
consin : Most Ex. Comp. Carl F. Harpke, Grand High Priest. 

Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Canada in the Province of 
Ontario: Comp. Charles S. Hamilton, Past Grand Master. ' 

The Sovereign Great Priory of Canada of the United Orders 
of the Temple and Malta: Most Em. Sir Knight Benjamin S. 
Bailey, D.D.S., Supreme Grand Master. 

All communications were received and ordered to be 
acknowledged. 

EXCERPTS FROM GRAND MASTER'S REMARKS 

Most Worshipful Brother and Companion T. H. Simpson, 
K.C., of Hamilton, Ontario, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge 
A.F. & A.M. of Canada in the Province of Ontario, extended 
congratulations on the excellent attendance and the fine group 
of Masons, including those from the Jurisdiction to the South. 
He spoke of the representation of all other Masonic Bodies, 
which showed a great Masonic unity. He also spoke of their 
great ability to serve. He brought a message of goodwill and 
co-operation from the One Hundred and Eight Thousand 
Masons under his jurisdiction. Congratulating Most Ex. Comp. 
Dean on his excellent address, which showed that he had had 
a very busy year, he conveyed the best wishes for the future 
of the Royal Craft. 



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GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS' REPORTS 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

ST. CLAIR DISTRICT, NO. 1 

R. Ex. Comp. Bruce Raymond Sheeler, West Lome, Ontario 

Grand Superintendent 

I have the honour to present my report on St. Clair District, 
No. 1, and I wish to express my thanks and appreciation to the 
several Chapters and Principals of the District for honouring" 
my Chapter and myself. I would also like to thank Most Ex- 
cellent Comp. Frederick W. Dean, Grand First Principal, for 
confirming my appointment. Further I wish to record my 
appreciation to Ex. Comp. John L. Atkinson for his services 
as my Secretary. He attended all visits and performed his 
duties in a very sincere and capable manner. 

Our District meetings were held in Leamington, May 7, 
and Ridgetown, June 16. Nearly all Chapters were present. 

It was a pleasure to inspect each Chapter in the District 
and on other occasions. My visits were as follows: 

Sept. 5 — Prince of Wales, No. 71, Amherstburg, Ont. 

Oct. 1— Blenheim, No. 239, Blenheim, Ont. 

Oct. 6— Ark, No. 80, Windsor, Ont. 

Oct. 8 — King Cyrus, No. 119, Leamington, Ont. 

Oct. 9— Wellington, No. 47, Chatham, Ont. 

Oct. 17 — Lome, No. 164, West Lome, Ont. 

Oct. 28— MacNabb, No. 88, Dresden, Ont. 

Nov. 3 — Sombra, No. 153, Wallaceburg, Ont. 

Nov. 12— Thomas Peters, No. 250, Windsor, Ont. 

Nov. 17— Erie, No. 73, Ridgetown, Ont. 

The Companions extended a warm welcome to me as the 
representative of the Grand First Principal, and they did 
everything possible to make my visits pleasant. Degrees were 
conferred in all Chapters, excepting one. I have re-visited 
this Chapter since, and I am well satisfied with the efficient 
and impressive manner in which the degrees were exemplified. 



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The event of outstanding interest during the year was the 
celebration of the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of Wellington 
Chapter, No. 47, Chatham, on November 13, 1947, at which 
Most Excellent Companion Frederick William Dean, our Grand 
First Principal, attended and addressed the attending Com- 
panions. I am sure that any Compaion who did not attend this 
celebration missed the most impressive and educational talk 
that it has ever been my pleasure to hear, and it is my great 
wish that we may be able to have Most Ex. Comp. Dean in our 
District again before he completes his present term of office. 

At all visits I spoke of the importance of completing our 
quota to the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund and am 
somewhat disappointed that more of the Chapters have not 
completed their contributions. I am happy to congratulate 
King Cyrus Chapter, Leamington, and Lome, West Lome, in 
their good work, being the only two Chapters in the District 
to complete quota one hundred per cent. 

All Chapters in the District are in excellent financial condi- 
tion, and prospects for future advancements are exceptionally 
bright. 

Our membership in the District had a wonderful showing 
for 1947: Initiations 112, Affiliations 8, Restorations 6, total 
126; Withdrawals 4, Suspensions 1, Deaths 25, total 30; leav- 
ing a net gain for the year of 96 new members. 

In closing I wish to express my thanks and appreciation to 
the many past R. Ex. Grand Superintendents, the Officers and 
Companions of all Chapters of St. Clair District, No. 1, and 
many others for their kindness and companionship which 
meant so much to me during my term. 

I'll just say, Companions, Thanks a Million. 



LONDON DISTRICT, NO. 2 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert Andrew Mitchell, Alvinston, Ontario 

Grand Superintendent 

It gives me a great deal of pleasure to submit to you my 
report on the condition of Capitular Masonry in London Dis- 
trict, No. 2. 



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First, I wish to express my sincere thanks to the Principals 
and Past Principals of the District for electing me Grand 
Superintendent and to the Most Excellent, the Grand Z., Fred 
W. Dean, for confirming the same. 

My first act was to appoint Ex. Comp. George R. Tinney 
as my Secretary. He gave much needed help throughout the 
year, travelling with me over this large District and assisting 
with the clerical work. To him, I extend my sincere thanks. 
I also thank R. Ex. Comp. A. E. Loosemore for his kind advice 
and time spent accompanying me on most of my visits. 

On June 20, I held a class of instruction for the Principals 
of the District at Vimy Chapter, Inwood. It was well attended 
by Excellent Companions from Sarnia to London. R. Ex. 
Comp. Dr. Duncan acted as Director of Ceremonies with V. Ex. 
Comp. Harry Able as chief critic of the evening's work. I 
regret that several Chapters were not represented. 

My inspection visits were as follows: 

Sept. 2— St. Paul's Chapter, No. 242, Lambeth, Ont. 
Sept. 4 — Aylmer Chapter, No. 81, Aylmer, Ont. 
Sept. 11 — Palestine Chapter, No. 54, St. Thomas, Ont. 
Sept. 16 — London Chapter, No. 150, London, Ont. 
Sept. 18 — Nilestown Chapter, No. 247, Nilestown, Ont. 
Sept. 25— The St. Andrew Chapter, No. 238, London, Ont. 
Oct. 3 — Beaver Chapter, No. 74, Strathroy, Ont. 
Oct. 10 — Wawanosh Chapter, No. 15, Sarnia, Ont. 
Oct. 15 — Bruce Chapter, No. 53, Petrolia, Ont. 
Oct. 20— Minnewawa Chapter, No. 78, Parkhill, Ont, 
Oct. 22— St. John's Chapter, No. 3, London, Ont. 
Oct. 31 — St. George's Chapter, No. 5, London, Ont. 
Nov. 3 — Hiawatha Chapter, No. 252, Sarnia, Ont. 
Nov. 10 — Vimy Chapter, No. 214, Inwood, Ont. 

On all my visits I was properly received and accorded Grand 
Honours. 

On the evening of Sept. 21, we held District Divine Service 
at the United Church, Inwood. Because of rain, which started 
about 4.30 p.m., and continued long into the night, the attend- 
ance was small, but the speaker of the evening, R. Ex. Comp. 
Rev. John M. MacGillivray, the Grand Chaplain, delivered a 
Masonic sermon that will long be remembered by all who were 



7G GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

fortunate enough to hear it. After the service, we returned to 
the Chapter Room where R. Ex. Comp. MacGillivray was re- 
ceived with Grand Honours. He then gave us a short address. 

The Officers and Companions of Wawanosh Chapter, 
Sarnia, held their "Ladies' Night" on Nov. 21 with a banquet 
and entertainment, which Mrs. Mitchell and I were privileged 
to attend. The First Principal, Ex. Comp. Ernest L. Treitz, 
who is also the D.D.G.M. of Sarnia District, acted as toast- 
master. 

One of the highlights of the year was the regular meeting 
of St. George's Chapter, No. 5, London, held Nov. 28, when 
the Holy Royal Arch Degree was conferred on a class of 22 
Most Excellent Masters. The chairs were occupied by Grand 
Chapter Officers. R. Ex. Comp. Bailie Stothers acted as Z.; 
R. Ex. Comp. Reg. Cushman acted as H., and R. Ex. Comp. 
R. A. Stannard as J. The work was exceedingly well done and 
those who were privileged to be present will long remember an 
evening well spent. 

Applications are being received in all Chapters of the Dis- 
trict and the prospects throughout are excellent. The work is 
being done in a uniform manner and the officers are grateful 
to Grand Chapter for instructions sent out this year. 

Throughout the District I have urged the Chapters to strive 
to meet their quota in the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent 
Fund. Some have gone over the top. 

The reports of 13 Chapters in the District show a member- 
ship of 2,016, a gain of 129. 

May I in conclusion, offer to each Chapter, my best wishes 
for their future success and may my successor be received with 
the same courtesies during his term of office as I have received 
during mine. 



WILSON DISTRICT, No. 3 

R. Ex. Comp. Alfred Westley Sherman, Brantford, Ontario. 

Grand Superintendent 

It seems but yesterday that I stood on the floor of Grand 
Chapter and was invested with the beautiful regalia of a Grand 



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Superintendent, and now I find that it is necessary to give an 
accounting of my Stewardship for the preceding twelve 
months. 

With what high ambitions and aspirations I entered upon 
my duties only to find, while the mind and flesh were strong, 
the time at my disposal seemed to be all too short. But with 
the co-operation and assistance I received from everyone con- 
cerned I feel that something has been accomplished for the 
good of Capitular Masonry in this District and abroad. 

I would first like to voice my appreciation to the Grand 
First Principal for his appointment; the Chapter representa- 
tives from the District in their support of my candidature for 
the office of Grand Superintendent ; Ex. Comp. Clarence James 
Sharp, my Secretary, for his able assistance, for to me he has 
been a tower of strength ; and the Principals, Officers and Com- 
panions for their many kindnesses, courtesies and great loyalty 
to the Grand Superintendent. 

As instructed at Grand Chapter I held a School of In- 
struction for the Principals of the District, at Brantford, in the 
Chapter Room, on Wednesday evening, June 18, 1947. This 
meeting was very well attended and from comments I have 
since received I feel that good was accomplished. 

My Visits of Inspection were as follows-: 

Oct. 3— Mt. Horeb Chapter, No. 20, Brantford, Ont. 
Oct. 9— Ezra Chapter, No. 23, Simcoe, Ont. 
Oct. 17— Oxford Chapter, No. 18, Woodstock, Ont. 
Oct. 20— Brant Chapter, No. 115, Paris, Ont. 
Nov. 12— Regal Chapter, No. 253, Port Dover, Ont. 
Nov. 14 — Harris Chapter, No. 41, Ingersoll, Ont. 

I was most cordially received on every occasion and the 
expression of loyalty to the Grand First Principal and to 
Grand Chapter were most gratifying. At all these Inspec- 
tions some portion of the work was exemplified and I was 
pleased to report that the work on all occasions was of a high 
calibre, making it very impressive to the candidate. 

Sept. 3, 1947— The Principals' Association of Wilson Dis- 
trict met on this date and I spoke on the advisability of each 
Chapter endeavouring to fulfil its quota of the Victory Thanks- 



78 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

giving Benevolent Fund, mentioning the formula promulgated 
by the Grand First Principal. I felt that something was 
accomplished. 

Sept. 21, 1947 — I attended the District Church Service 
which was held in Wellington United Church at Brantford, 
where we were pleased to welcome M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, 
who read the lesson, and R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, who 
gave the prayer, also R. Ex. Comps. Bond, McFadden and 
Selwey, together with a goodly number of Companions and 
their families from the District. The sermon was by Rev. Dr. 
A. E. Young, and was very instructive and educational. 

Jan. 29, 1948 — A joint meeting of Oxford and Harris Chap- 
ters was held at Woodstock for the first time. The Grand Z., 
Fred W. Dean, and the Grand J., Alex. Bradshaw, and R. Ex. 
Comp. Robt. Clark, were received and introduced with very 
warm courtesy. The speaker at the banquet was M. Ex. Comp. 
Fred W. Dean, Grand Z., and again we sat rapt in profound 
silence drinking in the inspirational address. 

State of the District — In looking over the reports I find 
that the membership in the District has increased by 46 mem- 
bers. The finances of each Chapter are in fine shape and the 
prospects for new members are very good. The good fellow- 
ship displayed in Capitular Masonry in this District is of a 
very high standard. I find that fourteen of our members 
have been called to the Grand Chapter above. 

Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund — It has been one 
of my great regrets that a better showing for this District 
has not been forthcoming. I can assure you it has not been 
for the want of bringing it to the attention of each Chapter. 

Once again may I express my appreciation for the honour 
conferred upon me, and my thanks to all those who have helped 
to make this the finest year in my life in Capitular Masonry. 
My duties have been very pleasant, the memories of the many 
kindnesses shown to me, and the many friends I have made, 
will forever remain in my heart. I also hope that in my own 
humble way I have contributed in some small measure toward 
the advancement of Royal Arch Masonry in this District. 

As I relinquish the office of Grand Superintendent of Wil- 
son District, my earnest hope is that the Companions of 



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Wilson District may realize more than ever the urgent need 
for sincerity, wider knowledge, and fuller co-operation, so that 
the ultimate goal of Royal Arch Masonry may be achieved. 



WELLINGTON DISTRICT, NO. 4 

R. Ex. Comp. Howard Garfield Nix, Preston, Ontario 

Grand Superintendent 

I have much pleasure in presenting my report, as Grand 
Superintendent of Wellington District, No. 4. 

First, I wish to express my thanks to the District for the 
honour they have conferred upon me in electing me for the 
office of Grand Superintendent. I also express my gratitude 
to the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Frederick W. 
Dean, in approving my appointment. 

My first act was to appoint Ex. Comp. John Mills as my 
Secretary. He has been more than generous in giving his time 
and assistance in the many duties he has undertaken. 

In June, a Chapter of Instruction was held in Preston. 
Attendance was small, but results were very satisfactory. Un- 
fortunately, however, not all Chapters were represented. I 
feel that for this type of meeting, attendance should be 100%. 

My Inspection Visits were as follows: 

June 10 — Enterprise Chapter, No. 67, Palmerston, Ont. 
June 16 — Durham Chapter, No. 221, Durham, Ont. 
Sept. 26 — Prince Edward Chapter, No. 218, Shelburne, Ont. 
Nov. 7 — Kitchener Chapter, No. 117, Kitchener, Ont. 
Oct. 17— Halton Chapter, No. 234, Georgetown, Ont. 
Oct. 7 — Ionic Chapter, No. 83, Orangeville, Ont. 
Nov. 14— Guelph Chapter, No. 40, Guelph, Ont. 
Nov. 18 — Preston Chapter, No. 245, Preston, Ont. 
Nov. 20— Waterloo Chapter, No. 32, Gait, Ont. 

My visits as the representative of the Grand First Principal 
were, in every case, made very pleasant. Every Chapter, with 
the exception of one, conferred degrees. I arranged repeat 
visits in many cases (Kitchener 3 times, Gait 4, Orangeville 2, 
and Guelph 3 times), so I have seen most of them work the 
various degrees, all very efficiently. In my visits to Guelph, I 



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had occasion to see all three degrees conferred. Also at Guelph 
I had the honour of presenting Very Excellent Companion Bob 
Swindell with the regalia of a Past Grand Steward. 

On all my Visits I spoke briefly on the Victory Thanksgiv- 
ing Benevolent Fund. The results this year are very gratify- 
ing. Three Chapters (Kitchener, Gait and Georgetown), all 
have exceeded their quotas, and other Chapters who have not 
responded before have made contributions. Let us hope that 
the Companions of Wellington District will continue their good 
work toward this fund, so that this year will see our quotas 
reached, if not exceeded. 

In concluding my report, I would like to thank the Com- 
panions of Wellington District for the very cordial receptions 
given me in all my visits. It moves me deeply when I recall 
this past year, and remember the associations that I have had. 
The friendships made and the memories, I will treasure for- 
ever. I feel that this has been a good year. Let us try to 
make the next one more successful. 



HAMILTON DISTRICT, JNo. 5 

R. Ex. Comp. William Field, Hamilton, Ontario. 

Grand Superintendent 

I herewith present my report as Grand Superintendent of 
Hamilton District, No. 5, on conditions of Royal Arch Masonry 
in the above District for the year 1947. 

First, I wish to express my deep appreciation to all who 
supported me in my election and also pay tribute to my efficient 
Secretary, Ex. Comp. Charles Ralph. No one could have been 
more courteous and conscientious in performing the duties of 
that office and due to his untiring efforts, my work was ex- 
ceedingly pleasant. 

Sept. 4, 1947, a joint meeting of the Principals of the Dis- 
trict was held, and the Manual of Instructions was thoroughly 
discussed and digested, which to my mind, was a benefit to 
all who attended. The attendance was not as large as antici- 
pated. One Chapter, namely, Caledonia, No. 236, was not 
represented owing to a number of their officers being farmers 






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and they had to work late. It is desirable that all Chapters 
be represented at meetings of this nature in the future. 

Caledonia Chapter, No. 236, met with a severe loss by fire. 
Almost everything they owned was destroyed. Many offers 
were received from Masonic organizations to hold meetings in 
rooms not too distant. They accepted the offer of the Eastern 
Star at Caledonia and have since held their meetings there. 

My Visits of Inspection were as follows : 

Oct. 6 — Keystone Chapter, No. 224, Hamilton, Ont. 
Oct. 15— White Oak Chapter, No. 104, Oakville, Ont. 
Oct. 16— St. Clair Chapter, No. 75, Milton, Ont. 
Oct. 21— Hamilton Chapter, No. 175, Hamilton, Ont. 
Oct. 24 — Hiram Chapter, No. 2, Hamilton, Ont. 
Nov. 10— McKay Chapter, No. 243, Stoney Creek, Ont. 
Nov. 13 — St. John's Chapter, No. 6, Hamilton, Ont. 
Nov. 18 — Ancaster Chapter, No. 155, Ancaster, Ont. 
Nov. 27 — Caledonia Chapter, No. 236, Caledonia, Ont. 

On all my visits I was received in proper form and was 
indeed gratified with the loyalty expressed to Grand Chapter 
by all the Officers of every Chapter. 

Owing to illness I was unable to attend personally on Octo- 
ber 24, 1947, at Hiram Chapter, No. 2, but my efficient Secre- 
tary, Charles Ralph, represented me. 

In addition to my Inspection Visits I have made it a point 
to attend as many meetings as possible. 

Under date of November 2, 1947, the Annual Church Ser- 
vice was held at Melrose United Church, Locke and Homewood 
Avenue, Hamilton and the sermon was preached by the Rev. 
Dr. John Mutch. To say I was disappointed with the attend- 
ance (only 54), is putting it mildly. My recommendation is 
that these Annual Ceremonies should be held in our own Hall 
and in the afternoon. We have all seen the lagging of Church 
members, as to their coming out to the evening services and I 
think some change should be tried. 

On all my visits I was accompanied by a good number of 
Past Principals, Principals and Members and the work was ex- 
ceedingly well done. I cannot let this opportunity pass with- 
out saying how impressed I was with the work done by An- 
caster Chapter, No. 155, who accompanied me on my visit to 



82 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Caledonia Chapter, No. 236, under date of November 27, 1947. 
The Royal Arch Degree was exemplified in a manner second to 
none of the Chapters in Hamilton District, No. 5. 

Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund — As instructed on 
all of my visits I impressed the importance of giving every 
member an opportunity of subscribing to this worthy object 
and hope before my time expires it will be known the amount 
has been fully paid. 

Once again I wish to thank all the Companions for loyal 
support and courtesies during my term of office, which I have 
enjoyed to the fullest extent and to my successor, best wishes 
for a successful year. 



HURON DISTRICT, No. 6 

R. Ex. Comp. S. L. Bart j a, Listowel, Ontario 

Grand Superintendent 

In submitting my report on the conditions of Capitular 
Masonry in Huron District, No. 6, I wish first to express my 
sincere thanks and appreciation to the Principals and Past 
Principals of the several Chapters for conferring on me the 
distinguished honour of Grand Superintendent. I have con- 
sidered it an honour and a great privilege to serve as the repre- 
sentative of the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal. 
I desire to thank the Most Excellent Companion, Fred W. Dean, 
for confirming my election. 

It has been my pleasure to visit each of the Chapters in 
this District for Inspection and on several other occasions. 
The following is a record of the Inspection Visits: 

June 9 — St. James Chapter, No. 46, St. Marys, Ont. 
June 20 — Havelock Chapter, No. 63, Kincardine, Ont. 
Sept. 15— Malloch Chapter, No. 66, Seaforth, Ont. 
Sept. 26 — Tecumseh Chapter, No. 24, Stratford, Ont. 
Oct. 7 — Chantry Chapter, No. 130, Southampton, Ont. 
Oct. 10 — Bernard Chapter, No. 146, Listowel, Ont. 
Oct. 21 — Huron Chapter, No. 30, Goderich, Ont. 
Oct. 28 — Lucknow Chapter, No. 147, Lucknow, Ont. 
Nov. 4— Elliott Chapter, No. 129, Mitchell, Ont. 
Nov. 28 — Lebanon Chapter, No. 84, Wingham, Ont. 



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I also had the pleasure to visit Enterprise Chapter in Palm- 
erston on the occasion of the visit of R. Ex. Comp. H. G. Nix, 
of Preston, Grand Superintendent of Wellington District, No. 
4, which I think was the most enthusiastic meeting I have had 
the pleasure of attending for some time, I also visited Tecum- 
seh Chapter in Stratford, October 3, when Bernard Chapter 
of Listowel conferred the M.E.M. degree on several brethren. 

Each Chapter extended a very warm welcome to the repre- 
sentative of the Grand First Principal and did everything pos- 
sible to make his visit most pleasant. The work was put on 
in a most efficient and impressive manner. The officers of all 
the Chapters were most efficient in their work. Applications 
are being received in every Chapter and the prospects through- 
out the District are good. 

I shall always be in possession of happy memories of my 
term of office. I hope that in future I may be as kind and 
thoughtful to others as my Companions have been to me. 

Happy the man whose thoughts will bear 
The rigid test of the unerring square; 
Who through this world unswervingly has trod, 
Steadily towards his Maker and his God; 
Seeking by acts of Charity and Love, 
To gain admission to the Lodge above; 
Knowing the Stone on the rubbish cast, 
Shall crown the Master's work at last. 

In conclusion I wish to thank the Principals and Compan- 
ions of my home Chapter, who accompanied me on my Visits 
of Inspection. I shall ever treasure the pleasant memories 
of my year of service as Grand Superintendent. 



NIAGARA DISTRICT, NO. 7 

R. Ex. Comp. Jacob Bligh Hostetter, St. Catharines, Ontario 

Grand Superintendent 

In submitting my report on the condition of Capitular 
Masonry in Niagara District, No. 7, I hope that it may contain 
some observations that will benefit the Chapters comprising 
the District, individually or collectively, because I would 
thereby repay my Companions in some small measure for the 



84 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

honour they conferred on me by selecting- me for the office of 
Grand Superintendent. I am happy also to have this oppor- 
tunity of expressing* my appreciation to the Most Excellent, 
the Grand First Principal, for confirming my appointment to 
that office. 

It has been an enjoyable and profitable experience to serve 
as a Grand Superintendent. I have not only been privileged 
to make many new friends among my Companions, but have 
learned much also of the excellent qualities of sturdy Crafts- 
men whom I had not sufficiently appreciated before. My Sec- 
retary, Ex. Comp. I. B. Collard, devoted himself to the many 
details associated with our Visits of Inspection, and was always 
available to me. His ritualistic ability frequently provided me 
with a sure support, and I thank him most sincerely for every- 
thing he has done for me. Many others supported me in a 
very generous manner and I am greatly indebted to them for 
their assistance and wise counsel. 

One Chapter of Instruction was held on the 31st of Octo- 
ber in St. Catharines. Mount Moriah Chapter, No. 19, was the 
most generous host for the meeting. The attendance was 
small, there being six Chapters represented and three Chapters 
not represented. Past Grand Superintendents, R. Ex. Comps. 
Chas. L. Leys, and A. E. Coombs, assisted in making the meet- 
ing a success. 

On the occasion of my Visits of Inspection to the several 
Chapters in the District I was regularly and cordially received. 
These visits were made on the following dates: 

Sept. 12 — Mount Moriah Chapter, No. 19, St. Catharines. 

Oct. 2 — King Hiram Chapter, No. 57, Port Colborne. 

Oct. 14— Hugh Murray Chapter, No. 184, Fort Erie North. 

Oct. 20— McCallum Chapter, No. 29, Dunnville. 

Oct. 29— Willson Chapter, No. 64, Welland. 

Nov. 24-^Smithville Chapter, No. 240, Smithville. 

Dec. 1 — Grimsby Chapter, No. 69, Grimsby. 

Jan. 2, 1948 — Niagara Chapter, No. 55, Niagara-on-the- 

Lake. 
Jan. 16, 1948 — Mount Nebo Chapter, No. 76, Niagara Falls. 

At this time I would like to point out that due to an unfore- 
seen absence due to business, it was necessary for me to call 



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on the Past District Superintendent, R. Ex. Comp. Chas. L. 
Leys, who very kindly came to my assistance in making the 
visit to Grimsby Chapter, No. 69, during my enforced absence. 

Capitular Masonry in this District appears to be on the 
increase. Many Master Masons are inquiring about the Chap- 
ter work and therefore I feel that we are due for a substantial 
increase in membership in the not too distant future. Despite 
the several deaths and suspensions there is an increase in 
membership in the District for the year 1947. 

At all of my visits I mentioned the importance of having 
the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund cleared up this 
year, and the importance of Committees and their uses for the 
benefit of Capitular Masonry. 

One of the outstanding events of the year was during my 
visit to Mount Moriah Chapter, No. 19, St. Catharines. At 
this meeting the Royal Arch Degree was conferred on a 
Father and his two Sons at the same time. 

In concluding this report, I wish to thank the Companions 
of Niagara District for their kindness, courtesy and warmth 
of their reception given me on all occasions. My circle of 
Masonic friendship has been enlarged, by vision broadened, 
and I shall ever treasure the pleasant memories of my year of 
service as Grand Superintendent. 

TORONTO EAST DISTRICT, NO. 8 

R. Ex. Comp. Frank Overton Tidy, Toronto 

Grand Superintendent 

I beg to submit hereunder my report on the condition of 
Capitular Masonry in Toronto East District, No. 8. As a pre- 
liminary thereto, I wish to record my sincere thanks to the 
Companions of this District for the honour they have conferred 
upon me in selecting me for the high office of Grand Superin- 
tendent. I trust that their confidence has not been misplaced 
and that I have shown myself worthy of it. I also desire to 
express to the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, my 
deep appreciation in confirming my appointment. 

I feel I am to be congratulated in being fortunate enough to 
have as my Secretary, Excellent Companion Frank H. McNeill, 



86 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

a Past Principal of King Solomon's Chapter, No. 8, and to 
whom I am greatly indebted for his untiring efforts and ever- 
ready and cheerful assistance and co-operation at all times. 

As I have completed and sent in all reports called for and 
are in detail of my individual Visits of Inspection to the Grand 
Scribe E. and the Ex. First Principals of each respective Chap- 
ter, I feel my remarks or comment in this report should of 
necessity be of a general nature to avoid unnecessary repeti- 
tion. 

The day after my return from the Annual Convocation of 
Grand Chapter at London, I called the Ex. First Principal of 
Succoth Chapter at Uxbridge, and arranged to inspect that 
Chapter at their regular convocation in May. In this connec- 
tion I take the liberty of suggesting to my successor in office 
that they carry out their Visits of Inspection of the three rural 
Chapters before summer recess, rather than later on in the 
year. I might add that I was prevented from attending Suc- 
coth Chapter Ladies' Night in December and their Installa- 
tion of Officers in January owing to bad road and poor visibility 
conditions and very much to my regret. For the same reason 
I was unable to attend the Installation of Officers of Aurora 
Chapter in January. 

The following is a list of my Visits of Inspection: 

May 8 — Succoth Chapter, No. 135, Uxbridge, Ont. 

May 9 — York Chapter, No. 62, Eglinton Ave., Toronto. 

May 14 — Beaver Chapter, No. 225, Chisholm Ave., Toronto. 

May 16 — Aurora Chapter, No. 235, Aurora, Ont. 

Oct. 1— Victoria Chapter, No. 205, Thornhill, Ont. 

Oct. 7 — University Chapter, No. 241, Yonge St., Toronto. 

Oct. 15 — St. Alban's Chapter, No. 217, Eglinton Avenue, 

Toronto. 
Oct. 18— The St. Patrick Chapter, No. 145, Yonge Street, 

Toronto. 
Oct. 22 — Orient Chapter, No. 79, Chisholm Ave., Toronto. 
Oct. 23 — King Solomon's Chapter, No. 8, Yonge St., Toronto 
Nov. 3 — The Beaches Chapter, No. 163, Balsam Avenue, 

Toronto. 
Nov. 12— St. Paul's Chapter, No. 65, Yonge St., Toronto. 
Nov. 21 — St. Andrew and St. John, No. 4, Yonge Street, 

Toronto. 



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The meeting of Instruction of Chapter Officers was held on 
the 10th of June, 1947, and was well attended. In addition to 
the various subjects dealt with at this meeting, as laid down 
by Grand Chapter at the London Convocation, "The 
Work", functions of Grand Chapter, Inspection by Grand 
Superintendents, and uniformity of administration were some 
of the items on the agenda. At this point I would like to put 
on record my sincere thanks and appreciation for the able as- 
sistance generously given to me on this and many occasions 
by R. Ex. Comp. W. M. S. Enouy, Grand Lecturer, and R. Ex. 
Comp. Frederick E. Grose. 

I was honoured and happy to assist in the Installation of 
Officers of ten Chapters; but as previously mentioned, I was 
unable to be present at Succoth and Aurora Chapters. I also 
missed Beaver Chapter, whose Installation was held on the 
same night as St. Paul's Chapter. I again take the liberty of 
suggesting that it might be beneficial to have each Chapter 
arrange the date of their Installation with the Grand Superin- 
tendent well in advance so as to eliminate duplication of nights 
and in order that the representative of the Grand First Prin- 
cipal might be present. 

Chapter and Lodges of Instruction were held as follows : 

Mar. 25, 1948 — King Solomon's Chapter, No. 8, Mark Mas- 
ter Mason. 
April 9, 1948— York Chapter, No. 62, Most Excellent Master 
Mar. 19, 1948— St. Andrew and St. John Chapter, No. 4, 
Holy Royal Arch. 

The Annual Church Service of this District was held at 
St. Andrew's Church, corner of King and Simcoe Streets, To- 
ronto, on Easter Sunday evening, at 6.30 o'clock. A large 
number of the Companions of the District attended. Most Ex. 
Comp. Fred W. Dean, Grand Z., was present and read the First 
Lesson and I was privileged to read the second portion of the 
Scripture. The Rev. Dr. Stuart Parker preached the sermon. 

I should like to gratefully acknowledge the valuable work 
of the Principals' Association in all matters pertaining to this 
District under their indefatigable Secretary-Treasurer, R. Ex. 
Comp. James W. Woodland. 

Also, I wish to especially bring to your notice and commend 
the great and humanitarian service being rendered by the 



88 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Royal Arch Masons' Welfare Committee, and which is ably 
directed by R. Ex. Comp. W. C. Johnston. The pitiful "Frag- 
ments from France" and other unfortunates at the Red Chev- 
ron Club are constantly administered to by them. Particularly 
noteworthy is the organizing of motor cavalcades to transport 
underprivileged children and mothers for their only holiday 
at Bronte camp. 

At all Visits of Inspection and Installations of Officers I 
was received with a dignity and decorum befitting the repre- 
sentative of the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, and 
with a generous spirit of kindness and friendship far beyond 
the call of Masonic duty, which has made my work a real 
pleasure. The genuine and sincere expressions of loyalty to 
the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal and Grand Chap- 
ter were very pleasing to me. 

It is very gratifying for me to be able to report that, in 
my humble opinion, the over-all position of the Royal Craft 
and the individual condition of the various Chapters in this 
District is most encouraging and inspiring. In each and every 
Chapter I readily discerned evidence of conscientious service 
and considerable and varying talent amongst the Officers. 
Their work, generally speaking, was found to be of a satisfac- 
tory and high character. While I do not suggest that there 
is. no room for improvement, I did not find one Chapter without 
some source of strength, hope or future. Conditions, of course, 
varied. Some excelled others in numerical numbers, attend- 
ance, financial position, adaptability of officers or applications 
for exaltaton, etc. On two or three occasions I was impelled 
to congratulate the Chapter on the splendid type and appear- 
ance of their candidates. Definitely I feel that progress is 
being made. 

It has been my constant endeavour to especially stress and 
impress three important functions or duties upon all Chapters : 
(a) a continuous and sustained effort to complete their quotas 
in the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund by a Committee 
with an active Chairman; (b) an industrious Membership 
Committee imbued with the vital importance of dispensing 
light and knowledge to all uninformed brethren and to preach 
the gospel of having them complete their Master Masons' de- 
gree ; (c) the desirability of inter-Chapter visiting as a means 
of creating interest in the work of the evening and increasing 



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the efforts of the officers. It promotes good fellowship and 
goodwill and makes for real friendships. As an instance of 
this and to illustrate what I mean, I would mention that at 
the February Convocation of The St. Patrick Chapter, they had 
31 Companions from Kichikewana Chapter of Midland. This 
meant a return journey of approximately 180 miles. 

I shall always look back with pleasant memories on my 
tour of duty as Grand Superintendent, and I should be very 
neglectful did I not mention the help and much appreciated 
assistance received from my predecessor in office, R. Ex. Comp. 
Herbert S. Sparks. 

In closing, I extend sincere felicitations and best wishes to 
my successor and bespeak for him the same hearty co-opera- 
tion and kindness that I have enjoyed and assure him that I 
will be at his service. 



TORONTO WEST DISTRICT, NO. 8A 

R. Ex. Comp. James Llewellyn Hewson, Toronto, Ontario 

Grand Superintendent. 

I have the honour to present my report on Toronto West 
District, No. 8a. I first want to express my sincere thanks 
to the Principals and Past Principals of this District who 
honoured Ulster Chapter and myself by selecting me as their 
Grand Superintendent at the last Convocation of Grand Chap- 
ter, and to Most Ex. Comp, Fred W. Dean, Grand Z., for con- 
firming the same. 

I was very fortunate in securing Ex. Comp. Alex. MacLeod 
as my Secretary. I wish to express my sincere appreciation 
for the very efficient manner in which he performed his duties, 
also for his assistance to me. 

The District Meeting of Instruction was held on Friday, 
May 23, in the College Street Temple. I was unable to secure 
the hall on any other date as it was booked up well past the 
middle of June. Considering that the meeting was held the 
evening before the holiday, a very good number of Companions 
was present. Eleven Chapters were represented by the First 
Principal and Officers, one Chapter was represented by Past 
Principals and two Chapters were not represented at all. In- 



90 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

formation was well received and it was felt much good had 
been done, and I offer my appreciation and thanks to R. Ex. 
Comp. K. N. Carrie, R. Ex. Comp. Donald Calder, R. Ex. Comp. 
Arnold Cook, and R. Ex. Comp. 0. H. Sloan for their kind as- 
sistance. 

My Visits of Inspection were as follows : 

Sept. 3— Oakwood Chapter, No. 233, Toronto. 

Oct. 1 — Mimico Chapter, No. 215, Mimico, Ont. 

Oct. 7 — Peel Chapter, No. 195, Brampton, Ont. 

Oct. 9— The St. Clair Chapter, No. 231, Toronto. 

Oct. 10— Occident Chapter, No. 77, Toronto. 

Oct. 15 — Lebanon Chapter, No. 220, Lambton Mills, Ont. 

Oct. 17— Humber Chapter, No. 246, Weston, Ont. 

Oct. 28— Port Credit Chapter, 230, Port Credit, Ont. 

Nov. 3 — Toronto-Antiquity Chapter, No. 91, Toronto. 

Nov. 4 — Mount Sinai Chapter, No. 212, Toronto. 

Nov. 11 — Shekinah Chapter, No. 138, Toronto. 

Nov. 18 — King Cyrus Chapter, No. 232, Toronto. 

Nov. 27— Ulster Chapter, No. 219, Toronto. 

On all my visits I was most cordially received and the ex- 
pression of loyalty to the Most Excellent, the Grand First Prin- 
cipal and to Grand Chapter were most gratifying. All degrees 
were portrayed in a most efficient manner. There is quite an 
improvement in the Work this year. The Manual of Instruc- 
tions has been of great assistance towards uniformity. There 
was always a good number of Companions of other Chapters 
accompanying me on my Visits of Inspection, which was most 
gratifying to the Chapters being Inspected and to myself. 

Each Chapter has been visited at least twice. I also re- 
ceived many invitations to visit other Chapters as follows: 

May 5 — I visited Antiquity Chapter, No. 91, and assisted 
at the Installation and Investiture of the Officers for 1947, the 
Chapter having been granted a Special Dispensation by the 
Grand Z. 

June 12 — I accompanied Occident Chapter, No. 77, on their 
visit to Succoth Chapter, No. 135, Uxbridge. The officers of 
Occident Chapter exemplified the Holy Royal Arch degree in 
a very proficient manner. 

Oct. 6 — I attended Antiquity Chapter, No. 91, and read 
the Dispensation from Most Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, Grand 



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Z., sanctioning the Amalgamation of Antiquity Chapter, No. 
91, and Toronto Chapter, No. 185, to be known as Toronto- 
Antiquity Chapter and numbered 91 on the Register of the 
Grand Chapter, the Officers of Antiquity Chapter to carry 
on for the balance of the year. 

Oct. 23 — I attended with Mrs. Hewson, the Ladies' Night 
at Ulster Chapter, No. 219. 

Oct. 24 — It was my pleasure to attend the 25th Anniver- 
sary of Aurora Chapter, No. 235. 

Nov. 5 — I attended the 25th Anniversary of Oakwood 
Chapter, No. 233. 

Nov. 15 — It was a pleasure to attend the Annual Grand 
Chapter Night at The St. Patrick Chapter, No. 145. Most Ex. 
Comp. Fred W. Dean, Grand Z., occupied the Chair and con- 
ducted the work of the evening. 

Nov. 16 — It was my pleasure to attend with Mrs. Hewson, 
the 70th Anniversary of Orient Chapter, No. 79. 

To the Principals' Association of Toronto Districts, Nos. 8 
and 8a, I express my appreciation and thanks for their co- 
operation and assistance at all times. 

The Royal Arch Masons' Welfare Committee has had a very 
successful year. During the summer they transported a large 
number of underprivileged children and their mothers to and 
from the camp at Bronte. The first Monday of each month 
members of the Committee visit the "Red Chevron Club" and 
distribute cigarettes, tobacco and chocolate bars to the bed- 
ridden Veterans. For those Veterans who are able to be up 
and around, Bingo games are in order. On Saturday, July 19, 
they had a picnic for the Veterans at Comp. Arthur Miles farm, 
Erindale, Ontario. The work of this Committee is commended 
but must be seen to be fully appreciated. 

Installations being completed, I arranged to have the three 
degrees exemplified by the Officers of the following Chapters : 

Feb. 18, 1948— Lebanon Chapter, No. 220, M.M.M. 
Mar. 11, 1948— The St. Clair Chapter, No. 231, M.E.M, 
Mar. 25, 1948— Ulster Chapter, No. 219, H.R.A. 

The attendance at these Schools of Instruction by the Of- 
ficers of the various Chapters of the District was very grati- 
fying, 



92 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

My sincere thanks to the above-mentioned Chapters for 
their assistance. 

Through the kind offices of The St. Clair Chapter, No. 231, 
the District Divine Service was held in Royce Avenue Presby- 
terian Church on Sunday, April 4, 1948, Ex. Comp. Rev. 
David McMaster Kerr conducted the service, assisted by Most 
Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, Grand Z., and the two District 
Grand Superintendents. Through the united efforts of the 
Chapters of the District a splendid turnout was recorded. 

The Chapters are striving to reach their quotas allotted to 
them in The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund, and it is 
hoped that at the opening of Grand Chapter, District No. 8a 
will have gone over the top. 

A very close companionship has existed between Districts, 
Nos. 8 and 8a. Many Companions from District, No. 8 were 
frequent visitors and the Companions of District, No. 8a have 
reciprocated. It has been my pleasure to visit several Chap- 
ters in District, No. 8. 

All Chapters are receiving petitions. One Chapter had 37 
petitions last year and is still going strong. The returns from 
the various Chapters in the District are very gratifying, indi- 
cating that there is an increase in membership of 58. 

While the prospects of the various Chapters are good, each 
Chapter has some outstanding dues,, some more than others. 
Two Chapters have over $400.00 each in outstanding dues and 
I would recommend strongly that the Chapters put forth every 
effort to contact the Companions and see if these dues cannot 
be collected and thereby preventing the occurrence of suspen- 
sions in the near future. 

There is a strong spirit of harmony prevailing among the 
Companions of the various Chapters, and the manner in which 
the new Officers are taking over bespeaks well for the promo- 
tion of Capitular Masonry in District, No. 8a. 

To R. Ex. Comp. 0. H. Sloan, my predecessor, I offer my 
thanks and appreciation for his advice and assistance. To all 
Companions I wish to say thanks for the many courtesies 
shown me and the wonderful support I received, and I bespeak 
the same whole-hearted support for my successor. 



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GEORGIAN DISTRICT, NO. 9 

R. Ex. Comp. Horace Neal Baker, Orillia, Ontario 

Grand Superintendent 

It is with pleasure that I submit my report on the condition 
of Capitular Masonry in Georgian District, No. 9. 

First, may I express my sincere thanks and appreciation 
for the high honour conferred upon me by the Principals, Past 
Principals and Companions of Georgian District in selecting me 
for the office of Grand Superintendent, and to the Most Ex- 
cellent, the Grand First Principal, M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean, 
for confirming my appointment. 

My first official act was to appoint Ex. Comp. J. H. Page 
as my Secretary. He has given unstintingly of his time and 
service, and I extend to him my sincere thanks for his support. 
I also would be remiss in my duty if I did not express my sin- 
cere thanks to R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore for the very able 
assistance he has rendered me during my term of office. He 
accompanied me on my Inspection Visits to each Chapter in 
the District, and may I say, that this makes the seventh time 
he has accompanied the Grand Superintendent on his visits 
throughout the District, which I venture to say may be a 
record. 

My next duty was to hold two Chapters of Instruction for 
the Principals, Past Principals and Officers of the District. 
These meetings were arranged to take place after the regular 
meetings of Georgian Chapter, No. 56, at Owen Sound on May 
20, and at Signet Chapter, No. 34, Barrie, on Tuesday, June 10. 
Visitors from other Chapters in the District were invited to 
attend in time for the regular meeting, which practice was 
followed by the Grand Superintendent. Attendance of respon- 
sible Officers from other Chapters in the District was rather 
disappointing, but it is to be hoped that in future meetings 
of this nature all Chapters in the District will be well repre- 
sented. 

At these meetings I was ably assisted by R. Ex. Comp. D. C. 
Patmore, V. Ex. Comp. H. K. Maynard, and Ex. Comp. J. H. 
Page. Many matters pertaining to the best interests of Royal 
Arch Masonry were discussed, including Life Membership and 



94 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund, which I am 
pleased to say, in some Chapters, has been fully subscribed 
and even over subscribed, while others have not as yet reached 
their quotas, but it is to be hoped that their objective will be 
reached in the not too far distant future. 

My Visits of Inspection were as follows : 

Sept. 12 — Couchiching Chapter, No. 198, Orillia, Ont. 
Oct. 14 — Signet Chapter, No. 34, Barrie, Ont. 
Oct. 24 — Manitou Chapter, No. 27, Collingwood, Ont. 
Nov. 18 — Georgian Chapter, No. 56, Owen Sound, Ont. 
Nov. 19 — Amabel Chapter, No. 131, Wiarton, Ont. 
Feb. 27, 1948— Kichikewana Chapter, No. 167, Midland, 
Ont. 

On all my Visits of Inspection I was received with due re- 
spect and courtesy. I was very pleased to witness the con- 
ferring of degrees upon candidates at each Chapter and the 
degree work was uniformly good. Organization in general is 
only fair. Most Committees do not function well, if at all, but 
am hopeful of improvement in the near future. Social contacts 
are greatly neglected. Inter-Chapter visits would greatly im- 
prove attendance, interest and efficiency. Other social gather- 
ings such as Ladies' Nights, picnics, etc., all have great social 
value. Very few such events are held in Georgian District. I 
very strongly advocate the examination of candidates in open 
Chapter before receiving the next degree. This is being car- 
ried out in one or two Chapters and the candidates like it very 
much. This is very commendable and should be a general rule 
rather than the exception. Also the demonstration of a board 
of trial in open Chapter would be very advantageous, this was 
enacted at our last Convocation in Couchiching Chapter and 
was found to be so instructive to the Companions that it was 
resolved to repeat the demonstration at intervals throughout 
the year. 

During the past year our District has lost, through deaths, 
18 Companions, and I extend my sincerest sympathy to the 
Chapters, relatives and friends of our departed Companions. 

In conclusion, I wish to thank all those Principals, Past 
Principals and Companions of the District who gave so gener- 
ously of their support and co-operation, which has meant so 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 95 

much to me, and I wish for my successor the same full measure 
of fellowship and co-operation that I have enjoyed in what I 
consider the happiest and brightest year in my Masonic career, 
and I pledge to him my fullest and heartiest support. 

ONTARIO DISTRICT, NO. 10 

R. Ex. Comp. Harold Ferguson, Bowmanville, Ontario 

Grand Superintendent 

As my tenure of office as Grand Superintendent of Ontario 
District, No. 10, nears its completion, it is my pleasant duty 
to submit a report of the progress and condition of Royal Arch 
Masonry in this District. 

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Excel- 
lent Companions of Ontario District, No. 10, for honouring my 
Mother Chapter, Palestine Chapter, No. 249, in selecting me 
for this high office of Grand Superintendent. I would also like 
to thank Most Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean, our Grand First Prin- 
cipal, for confirming my election. 

One of my first duties was to appoint Ex. Comp. (Col.) 
L. T. McLaughlin of Bowmanville, as my Secretary, and I was 
fortunate in having such an efficient helper. He accompanied 
me on all my visits and inspected the books and records of each 
Chapter. I relied on him many times for advice and was never 
disappointed. He was especially helpful in knowing all the 
roads and by-roads of the District and we were never lost on 
our many long journeys. 

I am especially grateful to the Companions of Palestine 
Chapter for their loyal support in accompanying me on visits 
and I will not forget the occasion of my visit to Ionic Chapter 
at Campbellford, when about twenty-five Companions of my 
Mother Chapter went along with us. 

On April 29, I was invited by Dr. Blackwell, First Prin- 
cipal of Midland Chapter, to attend an informal meeting at 
Lindsay, of representatives of eleven Craft Lodges from the 
surrounding district. Midland Chapter acted as host and the 
meeting was addressed by Most Ex. Comp. Llewellyn Stephens 
of Hamilton. It was a very instructive and interesting ad- 
dress, reviewing the history of Royal Arch Masonry and its 



96 GRAND CHAPTER OP CANADA 

relation to Craft Masonry. The interest manifested by the 
forty Master Masons present, should mean many new candi- 
dates for Midland Chapter. 

Chapters of Instruction were held in three sections of the 
District. At Pentalpha Chapter, Oshawa, on May 21, four 
Chapters were well represented. At Lindsay, May 28, Dr. 
Blackwell, First Principal of Midland Chapter, asked that the 
Chapter of Instruction be held at his residence, and here again, 
three Chapters were well representd, especially King Darius 
Chapter, at Cannington, sending eight representatives. The 
third Chapter of Instruction was held at Colborne on June 6. 
Here, only two Chapters were represented, their being no one 
from Warkworth or St. John's Chapter at Cobourg. Instruc- 
tions from Grand Council were passed on at these meetings, 
discussions took place and many points of Constitution were 
raised which had to be submitted to higher authority for in- 
terpretation. 

We were able to visit all the Chapters at least twice, the 
first time, in most cases, being a fraternal visit, which enabled 
us to become better acquainted with the Companions of each 
Chapter. This made the second visit much more pleasant for 
both the Companions and myself, and we all felt more at ease. 
At each visit we were given a very cordial and impressive 
reception in keeping with the honour and dignity of the office. 
The Officers of most Chapters were much interested in Royal 
Arch Masonry and took a pride in exemplifying the degree 
work. 

King Darius Chapter, No. 134, at Cannington, deserves 
special mention because of having come through several hard 
years successfully. This has been due to the loyalty and hard 
work of several of the Past Principals and also to the help and 
advice of the Grand Superintendents who have immediately 
preceded me. This Chapter has definitely turned the corner 
and is going forward to prosperous years ahead. I had the 
honour and privilege, along with Ex. Comp. McLaughlin, of 
Installing and Investing the Officers for 1948, and we noted 
that almost all the officers were holding their respective offices 
for the first time. We will watch with interest the progress 
of this Chapter. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 97 

We also had the honour and privilege of Installing and In- 
vesting the Officers of Midland Chapter, at Lindsay, for 1948. 

At all visits, the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 
was stressed, and we feel that the Companions are making a 
sincere effort to reach the quota in each Chapter. One diffi- 
culty is that, on the membership roll of some Chapters, appear 
the names of many non-resident and non-active Companions 
who cannot be reached and as a result of this, too large a 
quota has been given to some Chapters. 

The celebration of the 75th Anniversary of St. John's Chap- 
ter at Cobourg, on June 24, was a notable event. We were 
honoured by the presence of all members of the Grand Council 
as well as the Grand Scribe E., Grand Scribe N. and the Grand 
Superintendent of Prince Edward District, No. 11, R. Ex. 
Comp. E. C. Wood of Belleville. An inspiring address was given 
by our Grand First Principal, Most Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean, as 
well as by the Grand Second Principal, and Grand Third Prin- 
cipal. 

We feel, that as a result of their presence and messages, 
Royal Arch Masonry was given a real impetus in this District. 
Our congratulations are extended to St. John's Chapter on 
reaching their 75th Anniversary, and we wish for them a 
prosperous future. 

I had the honour of being present with R. Wor. Bro. Donald 
Gibson, D.D.G.M. of Ontario District, A.F. & A.M., during his 
Inspection Visit to Orono Lodge on October 9, 1947, and I was 
asked to say a few words during the refreshment hour, regard- 
ing the relation of Royal Arch Masonry to Craft Masonry. In 
return I was honoured by the presence of the D.D.G.M. at one 
of my Inspection Visits at which he also gave a short address. 

At Pentalpha Chapter at Oshawa, on December 2, 1 had the 
privilege to meet and hear R. Ex. Comp. J. L. Hewson, Grand 
Superintendent of Toronto District, No. 8a, who accompanied 
The St. Clair Chapter, No. 231, Toronto, on a fraternal visit 
to Pentalpha Chapter. 

The special committee appointed at the last District meet- 
ing at Grand Chapter, to study and report on By-Laws for pro- 
cedure at District meeting, met at Cobourg on October 28. 
V. Ex. Comp. Purdy of Oshawa, Was appointed to the Commit- 



98 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

tee and along with him were present V. Ex. Comp. Cooper and 
Ex. Comp. McLaughlin, who acted as Secretary, and myself. 
The By-Laws were studied and revised, and it was moved and 
seconded that the revised plan be presented for consideration 
at the next District meeting. 

The question of a Principals' Association being formed in 
this District has been seriously considered by my immediate 
predecessors, but I have not had the courage to go forward 
with it. Just at present, I do not feel that there are enough 
interested Principals in every Chapter in the District who have 
enough enthusiasm to organize and maintain such an Associa- 
tion. I am confident though, that if it could be done, great 
benefit to the District would result. 

In concluding my report, I would like to pay tribute to my 
immediate predecessors for their good work, and especially 
for their help to some of the weaker Chapters, the result of 
which is very evident during the present year. 

I hope that as the year is drawing to a close, I have been 
able to justify the confidence placed in me by the Companions 
of the District, and I trust that I contributed in some small 
way to the advancement of Royal Arch Masonry in this part 
of the Jurisdiction. 

For my successor I would ask the same loyal support that 
you have given me. 



PRINCE EDWARD DISTRICT, NO. 11 

R. Ex. Comp. Everett Carl Wood, Belleville, Ontario 

Grand Superintendent 

It is with much pleasure that I endeavour to submit an ac- 
curate report of the condition of Royal Arch Masonry in Prince 
Edward District, No. 11. May I first express my sincere ap- 
preciation to the Officers and Companions of the various Chap- 
ters of the District, especially to my Mother Chapter, Moira, 
No. 7, for the confidence placed in me in selecting me to repre- 
sent the Grand First Principal in this District, and to Most 
Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean, Grand Z., for confirmation of my elec- 
tion. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 99 

My first pleasant duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. R. E. 
Houston as my Secretary, who very ably assisted me at all 
my Visits to the various Chapters and many other duties a 
good secretary is capable of. My sincere thanks to him for 
assistance and advice. 

Acting upon instructions from Grand Chapter, I arranged 
a Chapter of Instruction at Belleville on May 30 in conjunc- 
tion with the Principals' Association meeting. All but two 
of the Chapters of the District were represented and each were 
of the opinion that the instruction received at that meeting 
was very beneficial. A similar meeting was held in Trenton 
on September 26. 

On Friday evening, June 27, 1 accompanied a degree team of 
members of the Principals' Association to Excelsior Chapter, 
Colborne, to confer the Holy Royal Arch on eight candidates. 
I had the pleasure of being received into the Chapter with R. 
Ex. Comp. Ferguson of Ontario District, No. 10. We have had 
several visits together, where we had the opportunity of ex- 
changing our views on many points relating to Capitular 
Masonry in our respective Districts. 

On June 17 I was pleased to accept the kind invitation of 
St. John's Chapter, Cobourg, on the celebration of their 75th 
Anniversary. The Grand Council, together with the Grand 
Scribes Ezra and Nehemiah, were in attendance. Most Ex. 
Comp. F. W. Dean gave a most instructive address. I was ac- 
companied on all my visits by R. Ex. Comp. B. H. Smith, Grand 
Scribe N., as well as a number of Ex. Companions and Com- 
panions from Belleville. My sincere thanks to them for their 
support. 

At all my Visits of Inspection a degree was conferred and 
the officers, with a few exceptions, were very proficient in their 
work. I was received cordially with appropriate respect as 
the representative of the Grand Z. 

All the Chapters of the District are receiving a number of 
applications for membership and the financial standing of each 
Chapter is encouraging. 

At all my visits I brought to the attention of each Chapter 
the importance of electing officers who will attend the meet- 
ings and who are proficient in the degree work. 



100 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

I have tried at all my visits to bring to the attention of the 
Chapters the importance of the Victory Thanksgiving Benevo- 
lent Fund. Our Annual District Divine Service was held in 
Belleville, and a large turnout of Companions was in attend- 
ance, indicating that Capitular Masonry is closely connected 
with the Christian Church. I had the pleasure of being present 
and assisting in a joint Installation of Moira and Quinte 
Friendship Chapters at Belleville. Also at Mount Sinai Chap- 
ter, Napanee, and Madoc Chapter at Madoc. 

At the time of writing this report, plans are well under way 
to entertain M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean to Prince Edward Dis- 
trict. We are looking forward to a very instructive evening. 

In conclusion, may I pay tribute to my predecessor for his 
splendid work, the continuing effects of which are so evident 
throughout the District. I shall always be in possession of 
happy memories of my term of office, and I hope that in future 
I may be as kind and thoughtful to others as my Companions 
have been to me. 



ST. LAWRENCE DISTRICT, No. 12 

R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Young, Brockville, Ontario 

Grand Superintendent 

I have the honour and pleasure to submit my report on 
the condition of Capitular Masonry in this District during the 
past year. 

I would like first to thank the Companions of District No. 
12, for the honour conferred on me in selecting me as their 
Grand Superintendent, and Most Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean for 
his confirmation of the same. 

My first duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. H. McKenney as 
my Secretary, and he performed his duties in an efficient and 
satisfactory manner, and his services are deeply appreciated. 
I would also like to thank V. Ex. Comp. C. R. Fulford of Sussex- 
St. Lawrence Chapter, who accompanied me on all visits, and 
for whose good advice and wise counsel I am deeply grateful. 

A Meeting of Instruction for the Principals of the District 
was held in the Masonic Temple, Brockville, on June 6, at which 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 101 

the majority of the Chapters were represented. Also discussed 
at this time was the advisability of holding an Annual District 
Church Service and the importance of making a special effort 
to obtain our objective in the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent 
Fund. In regard to a District Church Service it was felt that 
we could not induce a sufficient number of the Companions to 
respond in order to make a respectable showing. I would ask 
my successor to give this matter more thought as I believe 
a District Church Service should, and can be successfully held 
in this District. 

An historic and unique occasion was celebrated in Kingston 
on June 9 — the occasion of the One Hundred and Fiftieth An- 
niversary of Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui Chapter, No. 1. 
This was one of the outstanding events of the year. Among 
the guests present were Most Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, Grand 
First Principal ; Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, Grand Scribe E. 
and other Past Grand Chapter Officers, as well as a number of 
visitors from the State of New York. 

A meeting of the Principals' Association was held in the 
Masonic Temple, Brockville, October 8, at which the Officers 
were elected for the coming year and much important business 
was disposed of. 

On October 13 I paid an Inspection Visit to Maitland Chap- 
ter, No. 68, Kemptville. The Most Excellent Master Degree 
was conferred upon seven candidates in a very efficient manner. 
The change of locality for this Chapter seems to be showing 
good results, as they have just completed one of the most pros- 
perous years in the history of the Chapter. 

On October 14 I visited Grenville Chapter, No. 22, Prescott. 
On this occasion the Holy Royal Arch Degree was conferred 
on eight candidates in a very creditable manner. 

October 17 was the date of my visit to St. John's, No. 112, 
Morrisburg. The Holy Royal Arch Degree was conferred on 
two candidates. On this occasion we had the pleasure of a visit 
from a number of Companions of the Massena Chapter, No. 
300, Massena, N.Y. 

October 22 marked another outstanding occasion, the 
District Reception to Most Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, Grand 
First Principal, who was accompanied by Most Ex. Comp. 



102 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Edwin Smith, Grand Scribe E. There was a large attendance 
on this occasion to honour our Grand Z. A feature of this 
occasion was the presentation of a Fifty-year Past Principal's 
Jewel to R. Ex. Comp. Morris Brown by Most Ex. Comp. 
Dean. At the banquet table the Companions were privileged 
to hear Most Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean and Most Ex. Comp. Edwin 
Smith in very eloquent and inspiring addresses. 

On October 28 I visited Leeds Chapter, No. 132, Gananoque. 
The Mark Master Mason Degree was conferred in an excellent 
manner on two candidates before a large number of the Com- 
panions. This Chapter shows great improvement and the 
Officers are very active. 

On November 3 I visited my own Chapter, Sussex-St. Law- 
rence, No. 59. No degrees were conferred on this occasion, 
but I can vouch for the ability of the Officers to confer the 
different degrees. This occasion was marked by a very inter- 
esting and educative lecture by Ex. Comp. Peake, along the 
lines of Masonic Education. 

November 19 was the date of my visit to Covenant Chap- 
ter, No. 113, Cornwall. The Holy Royal Arch Degree was con- 
ferred in a very creditable manner on five candidates. This 
Chapter has the distinction of being the first in this District to 
reach their objective in the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent 
Fund. 

On November 21* I visited the Ancient Frontenac and Ca- 
taraqui Chapter, No. 1, Kingston. The Holy Royal Arch De- 
gree was conferred on three candidates by the Officers in their 
usual efficient manner. 

On all occasions I was warmly and properly received. On 
every visit I made an appeal to the Companions to make every 
effort to obtain their quota in the Victory Thanksgiving Be- 
nevolent Fund, which I sincerely hope may bring good results. 

The Principals of the District have made good use of the 
Manual of Instruction supplied them, which has given more 
uniformity to the degrees conferred in the different Chapters. 

I believe District No. 12 has enjoyed one of its most pros- 
perous years, and the outlook for Capitular Masonry in this 
District seems very encouraging. 



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I have enjoyed my term of office, made many new friend- 
ships, and renewed many old ones, and would bespeak for my 
successor the same hearty co-operation. 



OTTAWA DISTRICT, NO. 13 

R. Ex. Comp. George Leslie Comba, Almonte, Ontario 

Grand Superintendent 

In accordance with the requirements of our Constitution 
I beg leave to submit my report on the condition of Royal Arch 
Masonry in Ottawa District, No. 13. 

It affords me a great deal of pleasure to be able to report 
not only a 10.6% increase in membership in the District, but 
a keenly awakened interest in Capitular Masonry. In this 
connection I would like to make the following acknowledgment 
of appreciation: 

To the Most Excellent Grand Z., Frederick William Dean, 
for the confirmation of my appointment as Grand Superin- 
tendent of Ottawa District, No. 13. 

To R. Ex. Comp. William Ellis Meldrum, my immediate pre- 
decessor in office, whose outstanding and distinguished service 
for the year 1946 contributed in such a large measure to the 
success of the work in Ottawa District during 1947. 

To Ex. Comp. Thomas Barclay, District Chaplain, and Ex. 
Comp. Evered J. Lee. my Secretary, who accompanied me 
throughout the District on all visits and contributed by their 
loyal support, an assistance, without which I could not have 
carried on the duties of my office. 

To all those Officers and Companions from the various 
Chapters, who from time to time, accompanied me on my visits 
throughout the District and were a constant inspiration in 
my work. 

I desire to report that in compliance with the obligations 
of my office as Grand Superintendent, I have, within sixty days 
of my appointment, personally visited all Principals of Chap- 
ters in District No. 13 t comprisng twelve Chapters in an area 
of nearly three hundred miles. 



104 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

I have covered the entire District to give instructions and 
communicate in person in Chapters assembled all corre- 
spondence passed on to me by the Grand Scribe E. and the 
Grand Z., that had to do with the good of Royal Arch Masonry. 
All degree work was exemplified in Chapter meetings on the 
following dates and Chapters: 

May 8 — Granite Chapter, No. 61, Almonte, Ont. 
May 26 — Dochert Chapter, No. 248, Arnprior, Ont. 
June 6 — Kitchener Chapter, No. 210, Russell, Ont. 
June 6 — Maxville and Vankleek Hill (visited Principals) 
June 12— Ottawa Chapter, No. 222, Ottawa, Ont. 
June 16 — Bonnechere Chapter, No. 114, Renfrew, Ont. 
June 19— Prince of Wales Chapter, No. 226, Perth, Ont. 
June 20— St. Francis Chapter, No. 133, Smiths Falls, Ont. 
June 22 — Divine Service at Glengarry, Maxville, Ont. 
June 27 — Laurentian Chapter, No. 151, Pembroke, Ont. 

In view of these frequent exchange visits in this District, 
the outstanding and conscientious work of the Past Grand 
Superintendents who have preceded me in office, I believe the 
work to be of a high order and the ancient customs and ritual 
uniformly observed. 

My Inspection Visits commenced on September 5, and the 
following programme was observed: 

Sept. 5 — Kitchener Chapter, No. 210, Russell, Ont. 
Sept. 18 — Laurentian Chapter, No. 151, Pembroke, Ont. 
Sept. 26 — Glengarry Chapter, No. 143, Maxville, Ont. 
. Oct. 3— St. John's Chapter, No. 148, Vankleek Hill, Ont. 
Oct. 6 — Dochert Chapter, No. 248, Arnprior, Ont. 
Oct. 9 — Granite Chapter, No. 61, Almonte, Ont. 
Oct. 15 — Carleton Chapter, No. 16, Ottawa, Ont. 
Oct. 20 — Bonnechere Chapter, No. 114, Renfrew, Ont. 
Nov. 5 — Maple Chapter, No. 116, Carleton Place, Ont. 
Nov. 14— St. Francis Chapter, No. 133, Smiths Falls, Ont. 
Nov. 27— Ottawa Chapter, No. 222, Ottawa, Ont. 
Nov. 28— Prince of Wales Chapter, No. 226, Perth, Ont. 

The courtesy and respect accorded me as representative of 
the Grand Z. will ever be remembered by me with gratitude. 

Ottawa Chapter celebrated its 27th Anniversary on Satur- 
day, November 1, by acting as hosts to Officers of Grand 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 105 

Chapter in the persons of Most Ex. Comp. Frederick W. Dean, 
Grand Z.; R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, Grand H., and R. Ex. 
Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, Grand J. Your Grand Superintend- 
ent and a distinguished delegation of Royal Arch Masons were 
present when the Grand Council was presented to the Chapter 
in session at 2 p.m. 

With a distinguished toast list the highlight of the evening 
was a most inspiring address by our Grand Z., Fred. W. Dean, 
delivered in a clear and forceful manner, which left a deep 
impression on all who were present. 

I cannot close my report without expressing, on behalf of 
all Chapters, Officers and Companions of Ottawa District, No. 
13, the deep regret we all feel, in that for the past year there 
have been confined to beds of suffering two Very Excellent 
Companions of Ottawa District, in the persons of V. Ex. Comp. 
Nelson Washburn of Granite Chapter, and V. Ex. Comp. T. S. 
McDonald of St. Francis Chapter. We would like them to feel 
that we remember with gratitude the boon of their friend- 
ship in happier days and their rich contribution to the life of 
Capitular Masonry in the District. 

I walked a mile with Pleasure, 

She chatted all the way, 
But left me none the wiser 

For all she had to say. 
I walked a mile with Sorrow, 
And ne'er a word said she, 
But oh, the things I learned from her 
When Sorrow walked with me. 
In conclusion I wish to express my sincere thanks to all 
who have contributed to the success of my year of office ; to all 
those whose friendship I have made and hope to cultivate in 
the years to come. I can only wish for my successor the same 
courtesy, kindness and loyal support afforded me during 1947. 

ALGOMA DISTRICT, NO. 14 

R. Ex. Comp. Richard Routly, Port Arthur, Ontario 

Grand Superintendent. 

I have the honour to present for your consideration my 
report on the condition of Capitular Masonry in Algoma Dis- 
trict, No. 14, for the year 1947-1948. 



106 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

May I first of all express my sincere thanks and deep ap- 
preciation for the high honour conferred upon me in selecting 
me for the office of Grand Superintendent of Algoma District, 
No. 14, and to the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, 
for his confirmation of the same. 

My first duty was to appoint as my Secretary, Ex. Comp. 
Hugh Dalzell, the duties of which office he has carried out in 
a most gratifying and efficient manner, and to him I am greatly 
indebted for his assistance in carrying out his duties. I am 
happy to express my appreciation for his several kindnesses. 

On October 6 I made my Inspection Visit to Fort William 
Chapter, No. 140. There were no degrees at this Convocation 
and as I have seen all degrees conferred during the year, I 
must say the entire suite of officers are well skilled in exem- 
plifying the work. 

On October 13 I journeyed to Kenora and visited Golden 
Chapter, No. 90. At this meeting the M.M.M. degree was con- 
ferred in a very efficient manner, and the officers are to be 
congratulated. Golden Chapter is to be complimented on hav- 
ing such a beautiful Chapter Room, which is one of the finest 
in- the District. 

On October 14 I visited Alberton Chapter, No. 152, at Fort 
Frances. My visit was not inserted in the agenda for this 
meeting, as I was not receiving notices of their Convocations. 
All of my correspondence was being mailed to a former Scribe 
E. in error. There was a fair attendance of Companions. It 
was my pleasure to be shown the beauty spots of the town by 
R. Ex. Comp. W. H. Walker, a Past Grand Superintendent, 
and their membership prospects at present are very good. 

On October 16 I visited Atwood Chapter, No. 149, at Rainy 
River. Their prospects are considered fair since the town has 
a small population, and being a railroad town, it is very hard 
to depend on a large attendance at the meetings as their mem- 
bership is small and out on the road frequently. 

On November 19 I visited Shuniah Chapter, No. 82, Port 
Arthur, this being my mother Chapter. There were no degrees 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 107 

at this meeting, and as I attend all meetings, I observe that 
the work is being carried out in a very efficient manner. Their 
prospects are extra good for the future. 

In conclusion, I may say that throughout my visits I was 
cordially received in all the Chapters and with appropriate 
respect as the representative of the Grand First Principal. 
May I express my sincere appreciation to the Companions of 
Algoma District, No. 14, for the warmth of the reception 
given me during my visits and wish for them continued 
success. 



NEW ONTARIO DISTRICT, NO. 15 

R. Ex. Comp. L. E. Edmonds, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario 

Grand Superintendent 

I have the honour to submit my report on the condition of 
Royal Arch Masonry in New Ontario District, No. 15, for the 
past year. 

New Ontario District, No. 15, extends from Sault Ste. Marie 
on the west, to Mattawa in the east, a distance of about three 
hundred and thirty-five miles. There are four Chapters, Pem- 
broke, No. 58 in Mattawa ; Tuscan, No. 95 in Sudbury ; Algon- 
quin, No. 102, Sault Ste. Marie, and St. John's, No. 103, in 
North Bay. 

The distances render frequent inter-Chapter visits prac- 
tically impossible, and for this reason I found it impossible to 
hold a meeting of First Principals for instruction. This had 
to be taken up on Inspection Visits, which did not give time to 
do justice to this important requirement of a Superintendent's 
duty. 

The outstanding event of the year in New Ontario District 
was the visit of our Grand First Principal, M. Ex. Comp. F. W. 
Dean, to our Annual Field Day, held in Tuscan Chapter, No. 
95, Sudbury. 

On Tuesday, November 18 I visited Tuscan Chapter, No. 95, 
Sudbury, and as it was only a little over a month after the 
District Field Day, no degree work was conferred. The Vic- 
tory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund and other matters were 



::s grand chapt: U>A 

discussed. I had the pleasure of bringing a Masonic mes 
and a number of importar: ers to the attention 

of those present- 
On Wednesday, November 19 I visited Pembroke Chapter, 
N . 58, Ifatl :he oldest Chapter in the District, 

and unfortunately has been dormant for a number of years. 
There are at present just three resident Companions. The 
Hydro Development in the District has brought new blood to 
the town and when I was there they advised me that they 
had seven applications signed and two more available for signa- 
ture. 

On the evening of Wednesday, November 1 red St. 

John's Chapter. No. 13. N :ry Thai 

giving Benevolent Fund and other no were discussed. 

after which the M.E.M. degree was conferred with musical 
ritual in a most efficient manner 

On Friday evening Fehnni 18, I had the pleasure 

of paying my Inspection Visit to my Mother Chapter, Algon- 
quin Chapter, No. 102, Sault Ste. Marie. Thi indeed a 
great privilege for me. I was accompanied into the Chapter 
by six Past Grand Chapter Officers and introduced by R. Ex. 
Comp. T. E. Simpson. It was my pleasure to be advised that 
Algonquin's quota for the Victory 7 hanksg hring Benevolent 
Fund had been raised and that a cheque for $100.00 would be 
forwarded to the Grand Scribe E. immediately, this put New 
Ontario District over the top, their quota beiru 5.00. 
The Off:: EOflf erred the Mark II asl -; Mason Degree with 
full musical ritual on two candidates in a m 
manner. 

All Chapters have well organized Comr.. ::rrs under very 
capable leadership, and are showing good re : their 

on Masonic Education, and a general ir in Capitular 

my. The new Manual is a great help, as all Chapters are 
showing a uniformity in degree work Hie iE, are 

efficient and the Chapter records are all in excellent condition. 
I am indeed grateful to the Companions : New 0::ario 
trie : . No. 15, for the honour they conferred on me, in select- 
ing me as Grand Superintendent, and to Mc st Ex. Comp. F. W. 
Dean, Grand Z., for corifirming ■- k ::ion. 

Z :■■:. .:::.::. J. W. Sneers was appointed my Secretary, and 
sire to thank him for the faithful manr.r ..ich his 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, L948 10i> 

duties were carried out, and for the fine assistance he has 
given me. It is with regret that I find my term of office has 
drawn to a close. 

TEMISKAMING DISTRICT, NO. 16 
R. Ex. Comp. John Beattie, Timmins, Ontario 

Grand Superintendent 

I have the honour to submit my report on the condition of 
Royal Arch Masonry in Temiskaming District, No. 16. 

I wish to express my gratitude to the Companions in the 
District who so kindly nominated me for office of Grand Super- 
intendent, and to the Most Excellent, the Grand First Princi- 
pal, Most Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean, for his confirmation of their 
selection. 

I wish also to express my appreciation to Ex. Comp. James 
Whaley, who so kindly acted as my efficient Secretary. 

The year, for me, has been very interesting and instruc- 
tive, and it is my wish that I may have been able to impart 
to the Companions in the District some appreciation of the 
great heritage which is ours in Royal Arch Masonry. This is 
particularly desirable during times such as these when so 
many conflicting ideologies are rampant amongst us. 

The major event of the year was the District Meeting, held 
in Kirkland Lake, on September 27, which was honoured by 
the attendance of the Most Excellent, the Grand First Princi- 
pal. This was a most impressive gathering and the address 
given by Most Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean, was a source of inspira- 
tion to all members and visitors present. The next day being 
Sunday, a goodly number of the Companions paraded to service 
in the United Church. Since that time, many Companions 
have spoken of this meeting and have mentioned it as being 
one of the highlights of recent years. 

On June 18 I had the pleasure of making my visit to my 
own Chapter, Northern Lights, No. 213, at Timmins. Northern 
Lights and Kirkland Chapters, being in gold producing areas, 
are suffering from an economic depression, due to the selling 
price of gold, its main product, being controlled, without hav- 
ing similar controls on the costs of production. Uncertainty 
as to the future of gold has been and is affecting the lives of 
the people and is responsible, at least in part, for the lack of 
growth in membership. 



110 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

On November 5 I had the pleasure of making my visit to 
Temiskaming Chapter, No. 169, at New Liskeard. I was well 
and properly received by the Companions, and we had a most 
enjoyable evening. The building they use has been renovated 
and now is most acceptable. I am sure that the improvements 
will enhance the work of the Chapter as a power for good in 
the commuuity. 

While in New Liskeard I visited the Chapter Rooms of 
Cobalt Chapter, No. 203 in Cobalt with several of the members. 
The Chapter, unfortunately, has lost several of its valued 
members by death, and my sincerest sympathy is extended to 
them. Cobalt is in somewhat the same position as the gold 
mining areas, but it would seem that there is some assurance 
of brighter days ahead. I am to make my Inspection Visit on 
March 16. 

On November 29 I had a most pleasant visit to Abitibi 
Chapter, No. 223, at Iroquois Falls. Iroquois Falls is a very 
busy place, and the Chapter there has been the busiest of any 
in the District. I trust and hope that this happy state will 
long continue. 

Kirkland Chapter, No. 251, at Kirkland Lake, has excel- 
lent accommodation and they are quite busy. I am to make 
my visit on March 10. 

All of the Chapters in the District are blessed in having a 
goodly number of very active and very ardent Companions. 
This foundation augers well for the future. Craft Masonry 
is generally quite active and given a reasonable amount of 
financial stability in the area the work of the several Chapters 
should prosper. 

Thought was given to the possibility of establishing a 
Chapter in Kapuskasing. Coupled with a high rate of pro- 
duction in the plant in the town and an enlargement of the 
facilities to produce this has been a very busy place. Com- 
panions and Brethren in the area believe that the time is not 
yet ripe to establish a Chapter, but it is possible that this 
could and should be done within the next year or two. For 
this reason no definite plans were made this year. 

This Northern Area, as represented by Temiskaming Dis- 
trict, No. 16, is widely separated by distances and is largely 
dependent on the production of gold, silver and paper and 
wood products. As the ills of the World are alleviated it is 






ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 111 

expected and hoped that the production of all natural resources 
in the area will generally become profitable and that Royal 
Arch Masonry will continue to assume its obligations and play 
its necessary role in the development of strength of character 
in the peoples in this great land. 

In closing, I wish to express my thanks to the Companions 
of each Chapter for their warm welcome and genial hospitality. 
To each Chapter I extend my best wishes for sound growth 
and prosperity in the years ahead. 



YUKON TERRITORY DISTRICT, NO. 17 

R. Ex. Comp. John R. Fraser, Dawson, Yukon Territory 
Grand Superintendent 

I have the honour to submit for your consideration my re- 
port as Grand Superintendent of District No. 17, for the year 
1947. 

To the Principals and Past Principals of District, No. 17, I 
wish to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for the 
honour conferred upon me by selecting me as Grand Superin- 
tendent, and to the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, 
Frederick W. Dean for subsequently confirming my election, 
thus investing me with the privilege and honour of acting as 
his representative. 

In accepting the office I was not unmindful of its duties 
and responsibilities, as Klondike Chapter, No. 154, the only 
one in the District, had been undergoing a prolonged period 
of inactivity. No petitions had been received during the year 
1946, and only one Convocation held, and that under Dispen- 
sation to install officers at a date other than that provided by 
Constitution. 

The existing conditions proved very disturbing to me, and 
I spent much time and thought endeavouring to reach a solu- 
tion of the problems. Realizing that I had undertaken a job 
that meant success or failure, I undertook to discuss, informal- 
ly, with the Principals and Past Principals the seriousness of 
the situation and impressed upon them the fact that we were 



112 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

at the cross roads, and having in view the best interests of 
Capitular Masonry in the District, unless more enthusiasm and 
interest was taken in the Chapter's welfare, steps would be 
taken to have it transferred to Whitehorse, where they have 
a flourishing- Craft Lodge. This course did not appeal to the 
majority and resulted in a renewal of interest and enthusiasm 
and in a short period of time we had four applications for 
Exaltation. Another result was an interest was created in 
Capitular Masonry in Whitehorse, which is now being develop- 
ed, and I am hopeful that in the near future we will hear 
from them regarding the organizing of a new Chapter there. 

I have been happy in my endeavours to be useful to my 
Companions and have received ready response and co-opera- 
tion from the majority. The zeal and diligence of the Princi- 
pals and Past Principals was invaluable to me and to them I 
am deeply indebted. They have afforded an admirable pattern 
to the few who were negligent and apathetic. I would be re- 
miss in my duties unless I should thank the Most Excellent, 
the Grand First Principal for his guidance and co-operation 
during my term of office, for it was chiefly through his guid- 
ance and co-operation that I am now enabled to report brighter 
prospects for the future, and I feel hopeful that by the close 
of the current year it will be found that the Royal Craft has 
again entered into the day when the glow of prosperity radi- 
ates throughout the District. 

In closing this report, I wish to thank the Principals and 
Past Principals of the District for their co-operation and would 
assure them of my continued interest and my earnest desire 
to keep Klondike Chapter in the front line of Masonic en- 
deavour. May our Order, which is founded on the sublime 
basis of virtue and religion, remain a perfect monument of 
Wisdom, Strength and Beauty, which ages cannot obliterate 
nor adversity destroy. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by 

R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, and — 

Resolved, — That the reports of the Grand Superintendents of the 
Districts be referred to the Committee on Condition of Capitular 
Masonry, to report later at this Convocation. 

Grand Chapter was called from Labour at 12.50 p.m. 
Grand Chapter was called on at 2.10 p.m. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 113 

GRAND TREASURER S STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT 

To the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 
I herewith submit my Annual Report: — 

March 1, 1947, to February 28, 1948. 

RECEIPTS 

Balance, March 1, 1947 $0,200,86 

Received from Grand Scribe E. on ac- 
count of Dues, Fees, etc 13,552,38 

Interest on Investments 2,945,00 

Bank Interest 11.84 

Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 1,115.83 

Refund Benevolence 40.00 

Warrant 10.00 

17,675.05 

$23,875.91 

DISBURSEMENTS 

(Authorizations No. 1 to 219, inclusive) 

Expenses: G.S.E. Office- 
Compensation G.S.E $3,600.00 

Salary, Secretary 1,099.92 

Rent 556.44 

Telephone 111.00 

Long Distance 13.65 

5,381.01 

Grand Treasurer 250.00 

Foreign Correspondence, 1947 300.00 

Auditor, 1947 300.00 

Bond and Insurance 15.20 

Safety Deposit Box 5.00 

Grand Chapter Exp., 1947 .... $ 860.65 
Grand Chapter Exp., 1948 .... 9.00 

869.65 
Gr. Chapter Executive, 1947.. 1,205.96 

2,075.61 

Proceedings, 1947, $1,328.13, plus 10.67 1,338.80 

General Printing 296.11 

Postage 130.00 

G.S.E. Petty Cash Expenses 248.10 

Office Sundries 82.00 

Typewriter Inspection .... 13.75 

95.75 

Jewels (50-year) 196.18 

Engraving 97.21 

293.39 

Education Expenses 238.45 

R. A. Banner , 226.77 

465.22 



114 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Library 65.14 

Flowers 12.50 

Bank Charges .62 

Travelling Expenses, I.P.G.Z 65.30 

Travelling Expenses, G.Z 1,238.70 

Travelling Expenses, General 383.90 

Regalia, I.P.G.Z 158.21 

Testimonial, I.P.G.Z 350.00 

Benevolence 1,300.00 

Benevolence Inspection 50.00 



1,350.00 



For Sale: 

Constitutions 540.00 

Conference, Ottawa, Canadian Grand 

Chapters 660.90 

Gift 20.00 

Paid Balance due Life-Membership.... 1,525.50 

Paid Balance due Life-Membership.... 312.00 



$17,876.96 



Bank Balance 5.998.95 

23,875.91 

Savings Bank Balance, 28th February, 1948 4,096.94 

Current Bank Balance, 28th February, 1948 1,522.58 

Current in Transit 1,102.95 



$6,722.47 

Outstanding Cheques 723.52 



$5,998.95 



Fraternally submitted, 

Walter G. Price, 

Grand Treasurer. 



Examined and Verified, 

F. A. R. MacFadden, C.A. 



It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. Walter G. Price, and — 

Resolved, — That the Statement of the Grand Treasurer for the year 
1947 be received and adopted. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 



I I 



VICTORY THANKSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 

Statement as at March 4, 1948 
RECEIPTS 

Cash on hand, February 28, 1947 $31,328.18 

Received from Chapters, Feb. 28, 1948, 

to Mar. 4, 1948 $9,715.86 

Received from Sundries 23.00 

Received from Interest — Bank and In- 
vestments 904.64 

10,643.50 



EXPENDITURES 

1946 Interest to Benevolence 211.19 

1947 Interest to Benevolence 904.64 

1,115.83 

Assets to Balance 40,855.85 

ASSETS 

Bank Balance $3,660.71 

Dominion of Canada Bonds, cost $ 207.64 

Dominion of Canada Bonds, cost 10,487.50 

Crown Trust & Guarantee 20,000.00 

Crown Trust & Guarantee 6,500.00 

37,195.14 



St. Clair District, No. 1 

London District, No. 2 

Wilson District, No. 3 

Wellington District, No. 4 

Hamilton District, No. 5 

Huron District, No. 6 

Niagara District, No. 7 

Toronto East District, No. 8 ... 
Toronto West District, No. 8a . 

Georgian District, No. 9 

Ontario District, No. 10 

Prince Edward District, No. 11 
St. Lawrence District, No. 12 . 

Ottawa District, No. 13 

Algoma District, No. 14 

New Ontario District, No. 15 ... 
Temiskaming District, No. 16 . 

Yukon District, No. 17 

Sundries 

Interest 



$41,971.68 



41,971.68 



Received 


$40,855.85 

Quota 


$1,952.10 


$3,520.00 


3,514.00 


6,000.00 


1,471.12 


2,405.00 


2,310.18 


3,035.00 


4,534.04 


3,400.00 


1,553.20 


2,735.00 


1,859.52 


2,820.00 


5,502.08 


7,070.00 


3,624.51 


6,340.00 


1,895.93 


2,540.00 


2,567.94 


3,610.00 


1,610.25 


3,025.00 


1,810.15 


3,550.00 


2,856.75 


4,025.00 


694.36 


2,025.00 


1,643.37 


1,605.00 


1,208.35 


1,510.00 


200.00 


200.00 


48.00 




1,115.83 




$41,971.68 




EDWIN SMITH, 




Grand Scribe E. 



116 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

LIFE MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT 

February 28. 1948 

From Reserve $20,000.00 

From 1946 Reserve 1,525.50 

Received Interest 600.00 

Received 1947 Collections 1,760.00 

$23,885.50 

Paid G. C. Current account 

4096 L.M. at 50c 2,048.00 

2,048.00 

$21,837.50 

ASSETS 

Cash in Bank $1,525.50 

Cash in Transit 312.00 

Dominion of Canada Bonds 20,000.00 

$21,837.50 

37— R A M PROCEEDINGS 1391 May 20 J W 

LIABILITIES 

Account Payable — General Fund, 

1946 Receivable Paid in 1947 20.00 

$21,817.50 

EDWIN SMITH, 

Grand Scribe E. 



REPORT OF THE GRAND SCRIBE E. 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

I present herewith my Annual Report, which contains a 
detail of Receipts and Ledger Balances for the year, March 1, 
1947, to February 28, 1948. 

All Chapters have filed their returns and the balance out- 
standing as at February 28, 1948, amounted to $151.85. Pay- 
ments have been received and the balance outstanding at April 
26, 1948, was $47.95. All have been examined and verified by 
our Auditor, Ex. Comp. F. A. R. MacFadden, C.A. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 117 

COMPARATIVE STATEMENT OF MEMBERSHIP 

1945 1946 1947 

Dec. 31, 1944—16,588 Dec. 31, 1945—17,087 Dec. 31, 1946—17,624 

Registrations 980 1027 1325 

Joinings 84 69 79 

Restorations ..64 55 59 

1128 1151 1463 

Withdrawals 117 130 136 

Suspensions.... 116 112 117 

Deaths 396 372 378 

629 614 631 



Net Gain 499 537 832 

Membership, December 31, 1947 — 18,456 
Commuted (1945) 3947 (1946) 4047 (1947) 4096 

ANNUAL STATEMENT 

Receipts and Ledger Balances for the Year 
March 1, 1947, to February 28, 1948. 



No. Name of Chapter 

1. Ancient Frontenac and 

Cataraqui 

2. The Hiram 


Amount 

189.50 

100.00 

175.00 

92.50 

244.00 

131.40 

142.50 

113.50 

207.50 

168.50 

90.50 

114.50 

70.50 

91.50 

175.50 

185.00 

73.50 

235.00 

142.50 

56.95 

75.50 

129.00 

85.00 

68.50 

61.50 

170.00 

78.50 

115.00 


Special 
Credit 

Too 

'"'50 


Debit 
Balance 

6.00 
1.00 

57750 
10.00 


Credit 
Balance 


3. St. John's, London 

4. St. Andrew and St. John.... 

5. St. George's 




6. St. John's, Hamilton 

7. The Moira 


1.95 


8. King Solomon's 




15. Wawanosh 

16. Carleton 

18. Oxford 

19. Mount Moriah 


"To 


20. Mount Horeb 




22. Grenville 

23. Ezra 




24. Tecumseh 

26. St. Mark's 




27. Manitou 

28. Pentalpha 

29. McCallum 

30. Huron 

31. Prince Edward 




32. Waterloo 

34. Signet 

35. Keystone 




36. Corinthian 

37. Victoria 

40. Guelph 





118 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



No. Name of Chapter 


Amount Credit Balance Balance 


41. Harris 


60.00 


.50 


44. Mount Sinai 


63.50 




45. Excelsior 


47.00 




46. St. James 


23.00 




47. Wellington 


93.60 




48. St. John's, Cobourg 


62.00 




53. Bruce 


41.00 




54. Palestine 


265.50 


9.50 


55. Niagara 


38.00 




56. Georgian 


39.00 




57. King Hiram 


39.00 




58. Pembroke 


3.00 




59. Sussex-St. Lawrence 


177.50 




61. Granite 


31.50 




62. York 


141.15 




63. Havelock 


56.85 




64. Willson 


89.00 
56.60 
44.00 


1.00 


65. St. Paul's 




66. The Malloch 


4.20 


67. Enterprise 


67.50 




68. Maitland 


55.45 




69. Grimsby 


82.90 




71. Prince of Wales 


96.00 
30.00 




72. Keystone 




73. Erie 


81.00 




74. Beaver 


34.50 




75. St. Clair 


44.00 




76. Mount Nebo 


13.50 
206.95 




77. Occident 




78. Minnewawa 


26.00 


29.50 


79. Orient 


78.00 




80. Ark 


227.30 




81. Aylmer , 


153.00 
161.50 




82. Shuniah 




83. Ionic 


35.50 




84. Lebanon 


73.50 




88. MacNabb 


56.00 




90. Golden 


138.50 




91. Antiquity 


57.50 




94. Midland 


71.50 


.50 


95. Tuscan 


244.50 
156.00 




102. Algonquin 




103. St. John's, North Bay 


219.50 




104. White Oak 


38.50 




110. Warkworth 


28.00 




112. St. John's, Morrisburg 


116.50 


1.95 


113. Covenant 


111.00 




114. Bonnechere 


49.45 




115. Brant 


88.50 




116. Maple 


50.80 




117. Kitchener 


151.50 


10.00 


119. King Cyrus 


77.00 




129. Elliott 


55.00 




130. Chantry 


41.00 




131. Amabel 


39.50 




132. Leeds 


67.15 














ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 



119 



No. Name of Chapter. 

133. St, Francis 

134. King Darius 

135. Succoth 

138. Shekinah 

140. Fort William 

143. Glengarry 

144. Presqu'Ile 

145. The St. Patrick 

146. Bernard 

147. Lucknow 

148. St. John's, Vankleek Hill ... 

149. Atwood 

150. London 

151. Laurentian 

152. Alberton 

153. Sombra 

154. Klondike 

155. Ancaster 

161. Madoc 

163. The Beaches 

164. Lome 

167. Kichikewana 

168. Ionic 

169. Temiskaming 

175. The Hamilton 

184. Hugh Murray 

185. The Toronto 

195. Peel 

198. Couchiching 

203. Cobalt 

205. Victoria 

210. Kitchener 

212. Mount Sinai 

213. Northern Lights 

214. Vimy 

215. Mimico 

217. St. Alban's 

218. Prince Edward 

219. Ulster 

220. Lebanon 

221. Durham 

222. Ottawa 

223. Abitibi 

224. Keystone 

225. Beaver 

226. Prince of Wales 

227. Quinte Friendship 

230. Port Credit 

231. The St. Clair 

232. King Cyrus 

233. Oakwood 

234. Halton 

235. Aurora 

236. Caledonia 

238. The St. Andrew 

239. Blenheim 

240. Smithville 



45.00 
75.00 
24.00 

187.00 
31.50 
67.50 

104.65 
95.10 

106.95 
68.50 

106.00 
48.50 
57.50 
51.75 

52.30. 
50.50 

120.50 
56.50 
35.80 



4.00 



Special Debit Credit 
Amount Credit Balance Balance 

90.00 

78.00 

39.00 

193.50 

167.65 

41.50 

23.00 

205.50 

78.00 

40.50 

51.65 

27.50 
153.50 
107.00 

64.50 

46.50 

21.50 

68.00 

74.00 
108.50 

93.00 

95.50 

61.50 

70.50 

90.50 

42.50 

46.00 

57.50 

96.00 

39.00 

48.50 

18.50 

97.75 

35.50 

46.00 

55.50 
116.65 



.50 



.50 



1.00 



.50 



10.00 



3.45 



3.50 



10.00 



120 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



No. Name of Chapter. Amount 

241. University 64.65 

242. St. Paul's 33.50 

243. McKay 29.00 

245. Preston 53.50 

246. Humber 70.50 

247. Nilestown 37.50 

248. Dochert 30.00 

249. Palestine 79.50 

250. Thomas Peter's 136.40 

251. Kirkland 81.50 

252. Hiawatha 100.00 

253. Regal 46.50 

13,214.85 
Grand Chapter of British 

Columbia 149.50 

Grand Chapter of Manitoba 31.20 

Grand Chapter of Quebec 32.50 

Grand Chapter of New 

Brunswick 

Sundries 2.15 

Interest 2,956.84 

Victory Thanksgiving Fund .... 1,115.83 

Masonic Bureau, B.C 40.00 

Ottawa Conference 132.18 



Special 
Credit 


Debit 
Balance 

i"50 

""45 
12.00 


Credit 
Balance 


3.50 


145.85 
6.00 


33.35 









17,675.05 3.50 151.85 33.35 

SUMMARY — CASH RECEIPTS 
Year Ended February 28, 1948 



Registration for Exaltation $1,309.00 

Certificates 1,309.00 

Dues 7,655.70 

Commutation Certificates 1,760.00 

Dispensations 181.00 

Sale of— 

Constitutions $ 691.00 

The Work 494.15 

Ceremonies 13.05 

Demit Pads 3.00 

Book of Marks 4.30 

Interest on Debentures 

Dominion of Canada $2,670.00 

City of Hamilton 200.00 

Crown Trust & Guarantee 75.00 

2,945.00 

Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 1,115.83 

Bank Interest 11.84 



$12,214.70 



1,205.50 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1943 121 

Sundries: 

Benevolence, Conference and Warrant 182.18 

4,264.85 



$17,675.05 

Examined and verified, 

F. A. R. MacFadden, C.A., 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 



j^tL^^^C*^* 



Grand Scribe E. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, and — 

Resolved, — That the Report of the Grand Scribe E, for the year 
1947 foe received and adopted, 



122 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

REPORT OF PRINTING COMMITTEE 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir: — 

Your Committee on Printing submit the following analysis 
of Expenditures for the year ended February 28, 1947 : 

Proceedings and Postage $1,338.80 

Grand Chapter Officers' Stationery $ 86.19 

Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund — 

Circulars and Letters 24.14 

Reprint — Amendment to Constitution 41.32 

Stationery and Supplies 206.45 

Circulars and General Printing 150.59 

508.69 

Educational and Instruction — 

"Links between Lodge and Chapter" 74.72 

Reprint M.M.M. Information 6.67 

Royal Arch Banner 226.77 

Educational Circulars 112.09 

420.25 

2,267.74 

We respectfully request that the following amounts be 
placed at the disposal of the Committee : 

Proceedings $1,300.00 

General Printing 500.00 

Exaltation Certificates 250.00 

2,050.00 

Printing for Resale — 

The Work $1,400.00 

Covers 360.00 

Constitution 780.00 

Music and Song Cards 175.00 

Scribes E. Register 250.00 

Book of Marks 175.00 

3,140.00 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

Robert Clark, 

Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, and — 

Resolved, — That the Report of the Executive Committee on Printing 
be received and adopted. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 123 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON INVESTMENTS 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Your Committee on Investments reports the following: 

SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS AS AT FEBRUARY 28, 1948 

Par Value 

City of Hamilton Debentures, Interest 5%, payable half- 
yearly, May 1 and November 1, due May 1, 1949 (Regis- 
tered as to Principal) $ 4,000.00 

Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half- 
yearly, June 1 and December 1, due June 1, 1960 
(Fully Registered) 86,000.00 

Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half- 
yearly, April 1 and October 1, due October 1, 1963 
(Fully Registered) 3,000.00 

Crown Trust & Guarantee Co., five-year Guaranteed Trust 
Investment, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, June 30 
and December 31, due December 31, 1951. (Fully 
Registered) 2,500.00 

War Savings Certificates, due Aug. 15, 1948 600.00 

$96,100.00 

Allocated to General Account $76,100.00 

Allocated to Life Membership Account 20,000.00 

96, 100.00 

VICTORY THANKSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 

Dominion of Canada Bond, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, 

March 1 and September 1, due September 1, 1966 $ 200.00 

Dominion of Canada Bond, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly 
March 1 and September 1, due September 1, 1966. 
(Fully Registered) 10,000.00 

Crown Trust & Guarantee Co., five-year Guaranteed Trust 
Investment, Interest 2^%, payable June 30 and Decem- 
ber 31, due June 30, 1952. (Fully Registered) 20,000.00 

Crown Trust & Guarantee Co., five-year Guaranteed Trust 
Investment, Interest 2%%, payable June 30 and De- 
cember 31, due June 30, 1952. (Fully Registered) 6,500.00 

$36,700.00 

The Dominion of Canada War Savings Certificates which 
fall due on August 15, 1948, we recommend that authority be 
granted to invest the same to the best advantage. 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 

C. Alex. Sollitt, Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, and— 

Resolved— That the Report of the Committee on Investments for 
the year 1947, be received and adopted. 



124 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

SCRUTINEERS OBLIGATED 

Most Ex. Comp. Frederick W. Dean obligated the Scruti- 
neers as to faithfully performing the duties of their office. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON BENEVOLENCE 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Committee on Benevolence has given careful consid- 
eration to all applications for relief, and recommends that an 
appropriation be made in the estimates for grants, as follows : 

Chapter No. 1, Widow of G. McN $ 100.00 

No. 8, Widow of R. J 100.00 

No. 53, Daughter of J.S 100.00 

No. 62, Widow of J.B 100.00 

No. 117, Companion G.T.M 200.00 

No. 119, Widow of S. G 100.00 

No. 133, Widow of J.E.C.M 100.00 

No. 145, Daughter of J. C 100.00 

No. 145, Widow of R. W 100.00 

No. 145, Widow of J. A. M 100.00 

No. 195, Widow of H.P 200.00 

No. 219, Companion R.E.S 100.00 

We also recommend that a further amount of 
$200.00 be provided for interim relief, to be 
used in case of emergency, should such arise, 
before the next Annual Convocation of Grand 

Chapter ., 200.00 

:&» 

Total $1,600.00 

Fraternally submitted, R. B. DARGAVEL 

R. N. McElhinney. 
D. C. Patmore. 

Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore, seconded 
by M. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel, and — 

Resolved, — That the Report of the Committee on Benevolence be 
received and adoptd. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 125 

EXEMPLIFICATION OF HOLY ROYAL ARCH DEGREE 

At 2.40 o'clock p.m. Grand Chapter witnessed the exempli- 
fication of the Holy Royal Arch Degree under the direction 
of the Grand Lecturer, R. Ex. Comp. W. S. M. Enouy. 

GRAND CHAPTER "CALLED-OFF" 

Grand Chapter was "Called Off" at 4.45 o'clock p.m., to 
permit the Delegates to select their Grand Superintendents 
and elect the Officers of Grand Chapter for the ensuing year 
and the next place of meeting. 



THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 1948 

Grand Chapter was "Called On" at 9.30 o'clock a.m. 

ELECTION REPORT 

V. Ex. Comp. S. G. Newdick, Chairman and R. Ex. Comp. 
James W. Woodland, Vice-Chairman, presented the results of 
the Election as follows: — 

M. Ex. Comp. Frederick William Dean Grand Z.] p--_ j 

R. Ex. Comp. Clarence McLeod Pitts Grand H.l> p™!Ji 

R. Ex. Comp. Alexander George Noel Bradshaw ....Grand J.) ^ ouncu 

M. Ex. Comp. Walter Garnet Price, D.D.S Grand Treasurer 

M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith Grand Scribe E. 

M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner Grand Historian 

R. Ex. Comp. Rt. Rev. Charles H. MacDonald Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Bemister Parker, M.D Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. William Kerr Herd Grand Principal Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. W. Sherman Cooper Grand Registrar 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE— Elected 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles William Powers, 

R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth Norman Carrie, 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert Clark, 

R. Ex. Comp. John Alexander Macdonald Taylor, 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Alexander Sollitt. 

Grand Superintendents 

The nominations for Grand Superintendents were sub- 
mitted to the Most Excellent the Grand Z., who was pleased 
to approve, and the following selections were confirmed : — 



1*6 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

R. Ex. Comp. Alvin Ross Bourne St. Clair District, No. 1 

858 Erie Street East, Windsor, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. George Thomas Edward Martin ....London " " 2 

36 Duchess Avenue, London, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Jay Leslie Churchill Wilson " " 3 

34 Burwell Street, Paris, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. James Allan Robertson Wellington " " 4 

81 Arthur Street, Guelph, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Peter Angus MacDougall Hamilton " " 5 

39 Arkell Street, Hamilton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Dalton LeRoy Reid Huron " " 6 

21 Crombie Street, Seaforth, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Albert Jarvis Niagara " 7 

13 Depot Street, Grimsby, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Maurice Arthur Searle Toronto East " " 8 

9 Brookmount Road, Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Charles William Emmett Toronto West " " 8a 

181 Clendennan Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Herbert Clowes Irwin Georgian " 9 

2306 - 4th Avenue West, Owen Sound, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. William Carman Blackwell, M.D., Ontario " " 10 

22 Cambridge Street, Lindsay, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Anthony Elias Holmes Prince Edward " 11 

P.O. Box 337,, Napanee, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. James Neil MacMillan St. Lawrence " 12 

184 King Street East, Gananoque, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Morton Webster Rogers Ottawa " " 13 

8 Allan Street, Carleton Place, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Charles Fotheringham Algoma " " 14 

Box 164, Dryden, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. William Robertson Stewart ..New Ontario " " 15 

Box 352, North Bay, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. George Edward McKelvie ....Temiskaming " " 16 

Box 225, New Liskeard, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. John R. Fraser ...Yukon " " 17 

Dawson City, Yukon Territory. 

The newly appointed Grand Superintendents were subse- 
quently addressed and given the necessary instructions as to 
the duties appertaining to their office. 



Next Place of Meeting 

The Ninety-First Annual Convocation will be held in the 
City of Ottawa, Ontario, on Wednesday and Thursday, April 
27 and 28, 1949, commencing at 10 o'clock in the forenoon, as 
per Section 20, of the Constitution. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 127 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON CONSTITUTION, 
LAWS AND JURISPRUDENCE 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z. f Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Your Committee on Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence 
begs to report on the following Notices of Motion: 

1. Grand Scribe E., Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, has 
presented an Amendment to Section 140 of the Constitution, 
by striking out a portion of that Section and substituting 
therefor : — 

"for a registry of the name of every candidate for 
exaltation, and a Grand Chapter Certificate, $3.00" 

There is no legal objection to this Amendment being con- 
sidered by the Grand Chapter. 

2. Most Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover has submitted the fol- 
lowing Notice of Motion to be known as 68a: 

Grand Chapter Committee on Education 

There shall be a Standing Committee of Masonic Education and 
instruction, to be known as "Grand Chapter Committee on Education", 
whose responsibility shall be to impart instruction and Masonic educa- 
tion of the Grand Superintendents, District and Chapter Officers. The 
duties, syllabus, methods of instruction, organization and administra- 
tion, shall be defined by the Grand Council and Past Grand First Princi- 
pals, who shall also appoint the chairman, personnel, and any assistants 
who may be deemed necessary for the more effective carrrying out of 
the programme of Masonic Education and Instruction. Subject to the 
approval of the Grand Executive, the expenses of this Grand Chapter 
Committee on Education shall be paid by Grand Chapter. 

There is no legal objection to this Amendment being con- 
sidered by the Grand Chapter. 

Fraternally submitted, 

John M. Burden, Chairman 
A. W. Sherman 
E. C. Wood. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by M. Ex. 
Comp. John M. Burden, and — 

Resolved — That the Report of the Executive Committee on Constitu- 
tion, Laws and Jurisprudence be received and adopted. 



128 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

AUDITOR'S FINANCIAL STATEMENT 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir: 

I present herewith my Annual Report as Auditor of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada for the fiscal 
year ended February 28, 1948. This report consists of the 
exhibits and schedules listed herein and my comments thereon : 

Exhibit "A"— Balance Sheet as at February 28, 1948. 

Exhibit "B" — Comparative Revenue and Expenditure Ac- 
count for the year ended February 28, 1948. 

Schedule "1" — General Fund — Investments as at Febru- 
ary 28, 1948: 

—Life Membership Fund — Investments as at 
February 28, 1948. 

—The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund- 
Investments as at February 28, 1948. 

Schedule "2" — The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 
as at February 28, 1948. 

—Life Membership Fund as at February 28, 
1948. . 

COMMENTS 

Balance Sheet — 

The Cash on Hand, in Transit, and in Bank has been verified 
by me. All the bank transactions for the fiscal year ended 
February 28, 1948, have been examined. Cash receipts have 
been traced to the respective Ledger accounts of the Constitu- 
ent Chapters and properly approved vouchers have been com- 
pared with the entries in the Cash Disbursements Book. 

The Accounts Receivable from the Constituent Chapters as 
at February 28, 1948, have been verified by direct reference to 
the several debtors. In addition, the Annual Returns of the 
Constituent Chapters for the calendar year 1947, have been 
compared with the records of Grand Chapter and the state- 
ments of the Grand Scribe E., and I have satisfied myself as to 
the accuracy of these records and statements. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 129 

The several inventories set out in Exhibit "A" have been 
taken, priced and submitted to me by the Grand Scribe E. I 
have examined them as to their clerical accuracy and compared 
them with the respective perpetual inventory records. 

The Investments were examined by me on March 2, 1948, 
at the Yonge and Queen Streets Branch, Toronto, of the Cana- 
dian Bank of Commerce, where they are lodged in a safety de- 
posit box. These Investments are set out in Schedule "1". 

I have made due inquiry concerning the liabilities of the 
Grand Chapter as at February 28, 1948, and the Grand Scribe 
E. has certified to me that, so far as he has been able to ascer- 
tain, all known liabilities were taken up on the books of account 
as at that date. 

Comparative Revenue and Expenditure Account — 

The revenue and expenditure of Grand Chapter for the 
fiscal year ended February 28, 1948, has been set out in detail 
in Exhibit "B" and compared with the estimates for that year 
prepared by the Finance Committee. The year's operations 
resulted in a net revenue of $28.71, which has been added to 
the General Reserve Account in Exhibit "A". 

The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund — 

The Cash in Transit and in Bank has been verified. The 
Investments have been examined. The duplicate receipt books 
of the Grand Scribe E. have been examined and the contribu- 
tions set out therein have been deposited to the credit of this 
fund. A summary of the transactions of this fund for the 
fiscal year end^d February 28, 1948, is provided in Schedule 
"2". 

Life Membership Fund — 

The Cash in Transit and in Bank has been verified. The 
Investments have been examined. A summary of the trans- 
actions of this Fund for the fiscal year ended February 28, 
1948, is provided in Schedule "2". 

General — 

I have examined or tested the books of account of the Grand 
Scribe E. and the Grand Treasurer quarterly during the fiscal 



130 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

year ended February 28, 1948, in the manner and to the extent 
I have deemed adequate, and I shall be glad to furnish you with 
any further information you may require relative to my exam- 
inations or this report. 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 

F. A. R. MacFadden, C.A. 

BALANCE SHEET AS AT FEBRUARY 28, 1948 

EXHIBIT "A" 

ASSETS 
Current Assets — 

Cash on Hand $ 2.44 

Cash in Transit 1,102.95 

Cash in Bank 4,896.00 

$6,001.39 

Accounts Receivable — Chapters 118.50 

Accounts Receivable — Life Member- 
ship Fund 20.00 

138.50 

Accrued Interest on Investments.... 761.67 

Inventories (Supplies for Distribution) 

Rituals 12.93 

Constitutions 55.23 

Ceremonies 65.65 

Demits 18.20 

Musical Service 22.68 

174.69 

$7,076.25 

Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund — Schedule "2" 

Cash in Transit 390.32 

Cash in Bank 3,270.39 

Investments— Schedule "1" 37,195.14 

40,855.85 

Life Membership Fund— Schedule "2" 

Cash in Transit 312.00 

Cash in Bank I,5g5.50 

Investments— Schedule "1" 20,000.00 

21,837.50 

Less — Due to General Account 20.00 

21,817.50 

Investments— Schedule "1" 76,080.80 

Furniture and Fixtures 576.76 

Less — Reserve for Depreciation 322.94 

253.82 

Regalia — Grand Council 75.00 

Deferred Charges — 

Inventories (February 28, 1948 — Supplies for Use) 

Jewels 133.00 

Certificates 143.00 

Stationery 366.20 

642.20 

$146,801.42 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 131 

LIABILITIES 

Reserve for Victory Thanksgiving 

Benevolent Fund $40,855.85 

Reserve for Life Membership Fund.... 21,817.50 

General Reserve — 

Balance— March 1, 1947 $74,116.21 

Add — Transfer from Life Mem- 
bership Fund $10,000.00 

—Refund— Prior Year 40.00 

—Net Revenue— Exhibit "B" 28.71 

10,068.71 

84,184.92 
Deduct — Provision for Depreciation 56.85 

84,128.07 

$146,801.42 

Comparative Revenue and Expenditure Account for the Year Ending 

February 28, 1948 

EXHIBIT "B" 

REVENUE 

Balance 
Estimated *over 

Revenue Actual Revenue or under 

Certificates $1,200.00 $1,321.00 121.00* 

Dues 7,000.00 7,175.50 175.50* 

Life Membership Dues 2,000.00 2,048.00 48.00* 

Fees 1,200.00 1,369.50 169.50* 

Dispensations 150.00 . 158.00 8.00* 

Sales — Constitutions $ 694.50 

—Rituals 504.20 

— Ceremonies 15.30 

— Demit Pads 5.00 

— Sundries 4.30 

: — 1,223.30 1,223.30* 

Interest 2,300.00 2,394.04 94.04* 

Interest on Victory Thanks- 
giving Benevolent Fund .... 800.00 904.64 104.64* 
Donation — Meeting, Canadian 

Grand Chapters 132.18 132.18* 

Total Revenue 14,650.00 16,726.16 2,076.16* 

Total Expenditure 15,362.44 16,697.45 1,335.01* 

Net Revenue ^-712.44 28.71 741.15 

EXPENDITURE 

Balance 
Estimated *over 

Expendture Actual Expenditure or under 

Benevolence— Grants $1,500.00 $1,300.00 $ 200.00 

—Inspection .. 50.00 50.00 

1,550.00 $1,350.00 



132 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



Gr. Scribe E.— Compensation 3,600.00 3,600.00 
Gr. Treasurer— Honorarium.. 250.00 250.00 



3,850.00 



Grand Scribe E. — 

Office Assistant 1,100.00 

Rent .:. 556.44 

Telephone 111.00 

Long Distance Calls 25.00 

Postage 150.00 

Bank Exchange 50.00 

Typewriter Inspection 15.00 

Express Charges 15.00 

Stationery 100.00 

Safety-Deposit Box 5.00 

Office Supplies 65.00 

Gifts 



2,192.44 

Foreign Correspondence — 

Reviewer 300.00 

Audit Fee 300.00 

Bond Premium and Insurance 10.00 

610.00 

Printing — Proceedings 1,000.00 

—General 700.00 

1,700.00 
Travelling Expenses — 

Grand Z 1,000.00 

Immediate Past Grand Z... 
General Travelling 550.00 

1,550.00 

Convocation Expenses .....> 1,000.00 

Executive Committee Exp. .. 960.00 

Education and Instruction .... 500.00 

Flowers 50.00 

Jewels and Engraving 250.00 

Lending Library 65.00 

Meeting — Canadian Grand 

Chapters 550.00 

Advisory 

Bank Charges 25.00 

3,400.00 

I.P.G.Z. Testimonial 350.00 

I.P.G.Z. Regalia 160.00 

510.00 
Cost of Supplies Sold 

Total Expenditures 15,362.44 





3,850.00 




1,099.92 




.08 


556.44 






111.00 






17.80 




7.20 


292.92 




142.92* 


35.07 




14.93 


13.75 




1.25 


16.05 




1.05* 


13.75 




86.25 


5.00 






70.40 




5.40* 


36.25 


2,268.35 


36.25* 






300.00 






300.00 






15.20 


615.20 


5.20* 






1,338.80 




338.80* 


508.69 


1,847.49 


191.31 






1,238.70 




238.70* 


65.30 




65.30* 


386.65 


1,690.65 


163.35 






1,205.96 




205.96* 


869.65 




90.35 


420.25 




79.75 


12.50 




37.50 


371.64 




121.64* 


79.97 




14.97* 


660.90 




110.90* 


14.10 




14.10* 


.62 


3,635.59 


24.38 






350.00 






158.21 


508.21 


1.79 








931.96 


931.96* 




16,697.45 


1,335.01* 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 133 

SCHEDULE "1" 

Investments as at February 28, 1948 

1. Dominion of Canada, 3%, 1960 $ 86,000.00 

2. Dominion of Canada, 3%, 1963 3,000.00 

3. Dominion of Canada War Savings Certificates, 1948 580.80 

4. City of Hamilton, 5%, 1949 4,000.00 

5. Crown Trust & Guarantee Co., 3%, 1951 2,500.00 

i '* $96,080.80 

Less — Investments Shown under Life Membership Fund 20,000.00 

$76,080.80 

VICTORY THANKSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 
Investments as at February 28, 1948 

1. Dominion of Canada, 3%, 1966, $10,000.00 (at Cost) $10,695.14 

2. Crown Trust & Guarantee Co., 2%%, 1952 26,500.00 



$37,195.14 



SCHEDULE "2" 

VICTORY THANKSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 
As at February 28, 1948 

Balance, February 28, 1947 $31,324.63 

Add — Contributions Received 9,531.22 

— Interest Earned 904.64 

$41,760.49 
Less— Interest Earned— Transferred to General Account .... 904.64 

$40,855.85 

LIFE MEMBERSHIP FUND 

As at February 28, 1948 

Balance, February 28, 1947 $31,525.50 

Deduct— Transfer to General Fund 10,000.00 

$21 525 50 

Add — Interest on Investments at 3% $ 600.00 

— Commutations Received 1,740.00 

2,340.00 

„ , 23,865.50 

Deduct— 1947 Life Membership Dues (4,096 @ 50c.) 2,048.00 

$21,817.50 



134 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON FINANCE 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions : 

Your Committee on Finance submits herewith its report 
for the year ending February 29, 1948. 

A study of the Annual Report of the Auditor indicates the 
general financial condition to be sound. The Investment Ac- 
count as shown in Schedule "1" covering all three funds 
amount to $133,275.94, and the Bank Balance as at February 
29, 1948, amounted to $5,998.95. 

It is gratifying to your Committee to note that the indebt- 
edness owing to Grand Chapter by Constituent Chapters is 
the smallest recorded in many years, and amounts to $118.50, 
all this amount being applicable to the year just closed. This 
reflects an improved financial condition in the different Chap- 
ters as compared with preceding years. 

Exhibit "B" of the Auditor's Report, which sets out in 
detail the actual Revenue and Expenditure, shows that the 
year's operations resulted in a net Revenue of $28.71, which 
amount has been added to the General Reserve Account. 

At the Convocation last year, your Committee recommend- 
ed to Grand Chapter, and it was adopted, that a Life Mem- 
bership Fund be constituted, and that all Cash and Securities 
pertaining to this Fund be segregated from the General Fund. 
This is now in effect, and Schedule "2" of the Auditor's Re- 
port sets out in detail the position of this Fund as at the end 
of our fiscal year, the balance being $21,817.50. 

Schedule "2" also sets out in detail the position of the 
Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund at the end of our fiscal 
year, the balance at the credit of this fund being $40,855.50. 
On reference to same it will be noted that the contributions 
received during this period were $9,531.22. 

The Committee on Finance appreciates the effort that the 
Chapters are making towards its completion and are hopeful 
that the objective will be obtained this year, in order that the 
interest yield from the investment of the completed fund will 
be available for expenditure on behalf of the Benevolent Fund, 
and thereby eliminate the need of taking this particular ex- 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 135 

penditure yearly from the General Fund. This should in fu- 
ture years greatly facilitate the presentation of a balanced 
budget. 

Your Committee have been advised that the Lease cover- 
ing the rental of the Grand Chapter Office, Temple Building, 
Toronto, expires on October 31st, 1948, and we have made 
provision in our estimates for an increase of 50% for the last 
four months, ending February 28, 1949. We recommend that 
negotiations for the renewal of this lease, on the most favour- 
able terms obtainable, be consummated at an early date. 

We approve of the expenditure of $3,140.00 for the print- 
ing of Constitutions, The Work, Registers, Books of Marks, 
etc., for resale, as recommended by the Committee on Print- 
ing. This expenditure is recorded, but not included in the 
estimated expenditures, as the same will be recoverable over 
an indefinite period. While this amount, at first glance, ap- 
pears considerable, it is nevertheless essential, as investigation 
shows all these stocks to be depleted. 

Having in mind the high cost of living at the present time, 
and in view of the fact that the Compensation paid to the 
Grand Scribe E. has not been adjusted, either during the War 
period or since hostilities ceased, this Committee now recom- 
mends to Grand Chapter, for approval, that a Cost of Living 
Bonus equal to 10% of his present Compensation be granted 
to the Grand Scribe E., the said bonus to be retroactive to 
March 1, 1948, and to continue to February 28, 1949, the 
necessity for its further continuance or adjustment to be re- 
viewed by the Committee on Finance when preparing subse- 
quent estimates for submission to Grand Chapter. 

In preparing for your approval the estimate of Revenue and 
Expenditure for the fiscal year ending February 28, 1949, we 
have set out in detail all anticipated expenditures, but find we 
are again confronted with rising costs applicable to many of 
the expenditures, and in addition to this it will be necessary 
this year to make provision for the procuring of the "Distin- 
guished Service Medals", as adopted at the last Convocation 
of Grand Chapter. Notwithstanding, these increased expendi- 
tures and contingent upon the acceptance by Grand Chapter 
of the proposed increased fee for registration, we are able to 
present a balanced budget for this year. 



136 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

We submit for your approval the following estimate of 
Revenue and Expenditure for the year ending February 28, 
1949:— 

REVENUE 

Registration Fees $3,900.00 

Dues per Capita 7,500.00 

Life Membership Dues 2,050.00 

Dispensations 150.00 

$13,600.00 

Interest on Investments (other than Life Mem- 
bership) 2,345.00 

Interest on Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fd. 1,135.00 

3,480.00 

| $17,080.00 

EXPENDITURES 

Benevolence— Grants $1,400.00 

— Inspection 50.00 

Grand Scribe E.— Compensation 3,600.00 

—Cost of Living Bonus 360.00 

Grand Treasurer Honorarium 250.00 

Office Grand Scribe E.— Office Assistant 1,200.00 

—Rent 650.00 

—Telephone 111.00 

—Long Distance Calls 25.00 

—Postage 300.00 

—Bank Exchange 50.00 

— Typewriter Inspection 15.00 

— Express Charges 15.00 

—Stationery 100.00 

—Rental Safety Deposit Box 5.00 

—Office Supplies 75.00 

— Overhaul Typewriter 40.00 

Reviewer of Foreign Correspondence 300.00 

Audit Fee 300.00 

Fidelity Bond 10.00 

Printing — Proceedings 1,400.00 

—General 700.00 

Travelling and Expenses, Grand Z 1,000.00 

General Travelling 500.00 

Convocation Expenses 1,500.00 

Executive Committee Expenses 750.00 

Education and Instruction 600.00 

Flowers 50.00 

Jewels and Engraving 250.00 

Lending Library 115.00 

Meeting — Canadian Grand Chapters 550.00 

Bank Charges on Overdraft 25.00 

Distinguished Service Medals 550.00 

Repairs to Regalia, Grand Z 135.00 

$16,981.00 
Printing for Resale $3,140.00 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 

K. N. Carrie, Chairman 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 137 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. K. N. Carrie, and — 

Resolved, — That the Report of the Executive Committee on Finance 
be received and adopted. 



REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE GRAND Z.'S 

ADDRESS 

To the Officers and Companions of The Most Excellent, The 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Your committee has reviewed with much interest the ad- 
dress of M. Ex. Comp. Dean and desire to join with him in the 
warm fraternal greeting extended to our many guests and 
delegates. We also agree that Toronto, long recognized as a 
Convention Centre, is a fitting location for our 90th Annual 
Convocation. 

His reference to our Brethren and Companions of the 
Motherland is much appreciated. They are facing trying con- 
ditions under an austerity programme that provides a definite 
test to the indomitable British spirit. 

It is with profound sorrow that we learn of the activities 
of the Grim Reaper among our membership and we are one 
with the Grand Z. in the feeling reference to the passing of so 
many pillars of the Craft. We sympathize with the Masonic 
fraternity in England in the death of The Right Hon. the Earl 
of Harewood, Grand Master'and First Grand Principal, and we 
are just beginning to realize the serious loss in this Jurisdiction 
through the lamented deaths of three of our Past Grand Mas- 
ters. The recent tragic death of Ex. Comp. Douglas G. Mc- 
Illwraith, another leader of great prominence in the realm of 
Masonry, came as a distinct shock to a host of his friends and 
associates. While these distinguished Craftsmen are no longer 
with us, yet will they live in all things that surround us. 

The Grand Z.'s comments on the evidence of loyalty and 
good-will so prevalent throughout his many visits among the 
Constituent Chapters is but another evidence of the harmony 
and good-fellowship which prevails in this Jurisdiction. His 
visitations, both within and beyond our borders, clearly indi- 
cates that he has devoted much time in the performance of 
this important phase of his official duties. 



138 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

The committee finds most encouraging M. Ex. Comp. 
Dean's reference to increased activity, interest and enthusiasm 
among the Chapters, and heartily agree with his words anent 
the value of the Royal Arch Degree to a Master Mason. 

It is respectfully suggested that much of the information 
regarding exaltations in the various Chapters is a repetition 
of similar information to be found in the Grand Scribe E.'s 
report. 

The dispensations issued by the Grand Z. all cover adminis- 
trative matters and comment by this committee is unnecessary. 

We learn with interest of the formation of a new Chapter 
in Dryden and note that it has been instituted as Golden Star 
Chapter under dispensation. Inaugurated under favourable 
auspices, we predict a successful future for this the latest addi- 
tion to our Chapter ranks. 

M. Ex. Comp. Dean's reference to the financial position of 
Grand Chapter is timely, and your committee have no hesita- 
tion in endorsing all that he has said respecting further con- 
sideration and action in this regard. 

Reference to the present status of the Victory Thanksgiv- 
ing Benevolent Fund meets with our entire approval. This 
Fund, of course, is to be raised upon a voluntary basis, and 
while with the Grand Z. we express disappointment that our 
campaign has not as yet reached its objective, we nevertheless, 
feel that much has been accomplished and hope that the ef- 
forts of our Chapters during the present year will bring this 
campaign to a successful conclusion. Perhaps it may not be 
amiss to say that, as individuals, our membership has, in com- 
mon with citizens generally, been faced with an unprecedented 
number of charitable appeals and failure to subscribe as gen- 
erously as anticipated to our Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent 
Fund should not be accepted as lack of interest in this worthy 
project. 

We agree with the Grand Z.'s action with regard to the ap- 
pointment of a special committee to study the possibility of an 
arrangement whereby Grand Chapter may be of assistance 
to the Constituent Chapters through the consolidation of Life 
Membership Funds to be administered by Grand Chapter. This, 
of course, is a domestic problem which each Chapter will have 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 139 

to consider and the action of Grand Chapter will be entirely 
dependent upon the attitude of the various Chapters toward 
this proposal, or perhaps we should say, suggestion. 

The report of the Grand Z. on the Conference of Canadian 
Grand Chapters justifies the formation of this group. It is 
predicted that much good will result from these yearly confer- 
ences, which might, with profit, be enlarged to embrace an in- 
crease in the number of delegates, where Grand Chapters deem 
this action advisable. It is our opinion that at any of these 
conferences any Past Grand First Principal or Past Grand 
High Priest of Canadian Jurisdictions should be entitled as of 
right to attend. We, of course, approve the increased expense 
as mentioned by M. Ex. Comp. Dean. 

Under the caption of "Education and Instruction" refer- 
ence is made to the need for serious consideration of this im- 
portant subject. We note the appointment of a new committee 
and learn of the plan to provide written instructions to Chap- 
ter officers and the Grand Superintendents. This plan has 
merit, but your committee are strongly of the opinion that the 
proposed brochures be carefully studied and edited, even should 
further study along these lines result in a delay in their pub- 
lication. Let us not be unmindful that these instructions are 
not just for the immediate future, but, we trust, for many 
years to come. With this thought in mind, it is most desirable 
that publication should be withheld until we are entirely satis- 
fied that they will adequately supply the required need. In 
Grand Chapter alone is vested the right to determine matters 
of procedure and instruction, and your committee are of the 
opinion that any deviation, additions or instructions must be 
approved by Grand Chapter. 

We heartily approve all the Grand Z. has said with respect 
to Grand Representatives and agree with his appointments. 

It is most interesting to learn of the many Royal Crafts- 
men who have qualified for Long Service Jewels. Long may 
these veterans be spared to enjoy association with their Com- 
panions of Royal Arch Masonry. 

We concur in the thought expressed with regard to Divine 
Services and agree that it would be wise to limit such services 
to communities which will ensure an attendance worthy of the 
Royal Craft. 



140 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

The Grand Z.'s comment on Chapter summonses has been 
carefully considered and we submit that this is a moot subject 
that may well prove controversial. Down through the years 
Grand Z.'s and Grand Masters have stressed the importance 
of publishing in these monthly circulars only matters that are 
germane to Masonry. They have discouraged the publishing 
of items that are light and frivolous. Too much latitude in this 
regard lowers the dignity of the Craft. While it is agreed 
that some of our summonses contain but meagre information, 
even this is preferable to a circular laden with extraneous mat- 
ter written by a Scribe E., who fails to realize the need for 
publishing only items that are clearly Masonic. We suggest 
that the elimination of the names of the Chapters Past First 
Principals is unwise. This custom not only serves a useful 
purpose, but keeps ever green the memory of those who car- 
ried the burden of the Chapter down through the years. 

The Grand Z.'s comments on the Examination and Prepara- 
tion of Candidates, the need for Chapters to study their dues 
and exaltation fees and give consideration to the question of 
Insurance on Chapter properties are sound, and we trust will 
receive the consideration they merit. 

The members of your committee are all individually inter- 
ested in the Order of High Priesthood, yet we doubt the wisdom 
of a reference to this very fine organization. In this Jurisdic- 
tion it is not obligatory on the part of our members, and has 
no official connection with this Grand Chapter. It has been 
felt that as Ancient Free Masonry consists only of the three 
symbolic degrees and the Holy Royal Arch, that the question 
of membership in the many excellent additions to the Ancient 
Craft should be a matter for each individual Companion to de- 
cide without pressure or suggestion from this Grand Chapter. 

We share with the Grand Z. appreciation of the splendid 
humanitarian work undertaken and carried on so successfully 
by the two Toronto Districts. This provides an objective that 
may well be emulated by other sections of the Jurisdiction. 

The words of commendation for the splendid support ren- 
dered by the Grand Scribe E., the Grand Superintendents and 
other Officers is, in our opinion, justly fitting. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 111 

No one can gain-say that the remarks of the Grand First 
Principal on the question of "Youth Activities" are not in 
harmony with the thought of governmental bodies, churches 
and social organizations. The question of juvenile delinquency 
provides one of our modern social problems, and as individuals 
Masons undoubtedly can show leadership in assisting to solve 
this vexed question. 

It is the opinion of the committee that, while the Order of 
De Molay mentioned by M. Ex. Comp. Dean is no doubt carry- 
ing on a great work in a number of the American jurisdictions, 
this Grand Chapter after lengthy and mature deliberation de- 
cided that the outlet for our desire to serve was not to be 
found in sponsoring a branch of this Order. It would appear 
that if it was deemed advisable to introduce this Order into 
Ontario, this really comes within the province of Grand 
Lodge, rather than Grand Chapter, and, as Grand Lodge has 
shown no indication of doing so, it is the considered opinion 
of your committee that Grand Chapter should not again open 
the question. We agree, however, that every encouragement 
should be given to those Companions who seek to be of service 
in helping to mold the character of the youth of our country. 

The concluding remarks of this truly fine address should 
strike a responsive chord in the hearts of all who have been 
privileged to hear it. 

Finally, your committee desire to tender to M. Ex. Comp. 
Dean sincere congratulations on an inspiring address and to 
assure him that his energetic leadership throughout the past 
year is much appreciated. 

Edwin Smith, 

Walter G. Price, 

R. V. Conover, 

L. F. Stephens, 

John M. Burden, 

R. B. Dargavel, 

Geo. L. Gardiner, Chairman, 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. Geo. L. Gardiner, seconded 
by M. Ex. Comp. Llewellyn F. Stephens, and — 

Resolved, — That the Report of the Committee on the Grand Z.'s 
Address be received and adopted. 



142 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON CONDITION OF CAPITULAR 

MASONRY 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Committee considers it necessary to begin this report 
by paying tribute to the unbounded energy of our Grand First 
Principal, Most Excellent Companion F. W. Dean, not only in 
the field of education for the Royal Arch Mason and an un- 
ceasing striving to complete our Victory Thanksgiving Benevo- 
lent Fund, but also for the discharging fully of his many and 
varied duties. The preparing and distributing of the "Manual 
of Instructions" is one of the completed tasks in his educational 
programme and it has been commented on most favourably 
and proven to be of great assistance to Chapter Officers. Our 
Grand First Principal has been a source of inspiration to those 
associated with him. 

It is a matter of congratulation that, in some respects, the 
condition of our Royal Craft is good. All over our Jurisdic- 
tion we have increased numerically, one Chapter, even with 
a limited population, having an increase in membership of 
62.3%. This is a tremendous gain and very unusual, but shows 
what may be accomplished when there is keen interest among 
Companions of a Chapter. This numerical increase — so far 
as it goes — is fine, but increased membership does not neces- 
sarily enhance the condition of our Order. 

In the reports of the various Grand Superintendents the 
financial standing of Chapters in this Grand Jurisdiction, on 
the whole, seem to be in a fairly satisfactory state, but, un- 
questionably, outstanding dues are far too excessive and when 
totalled present a somewhat startling figure. Exclusive of the 
Yukon, the sum amounts to $16,771.00. While this averages 
only about $66.00 per Chapter, with one Chapter the figure 
is $640.00— others $400.00 or $300.00. It suggests that im- 
mediate effective steps should be taken to bring these arrears 
down to a minimum, as reducing large amounts always pre- 
sents an unpleasant and difficult task. Only six Chapters have 
no outstanding dues. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 143 

One point, noted with regret, is the exceedingly small aver- 
age attendance — only about 19% of our membership may be 
found at our meetings, which seems to indicate that there is a 
lack of vitality somewhere; omission or omissions sufficiently 
potent that the interest of our Companions is dampened. What 
is this deficiency? What is left undone that should be done, 
or done that should not be done. Our Grand Superintendents' 
reports glow with optimism and happiness. What is the 
answer? Is the fault ours? It must be borne in mind that 
the attitude of those in office is one of anticipation and expec- 
tation — anticipation of an exciting, fateful year, expectation 
of tasks to be undertaken and well done. This incentive does 
not strike the rank and file, except the newly exalted Compan- 
ions who have the excitement of something new. But to reach 
the general membership of our Order and awaken them to 
excitement, anticipation, interest, and of doing worth while 
tasks is another angle and one to which the answer must be 
found and proved. 

Let one point be specified — Church services. We are, or 
should be, staunch adherents of our respective churches — 
some are. The very nature of our Order should make the 
Members positive church-goers. We believe and preach the 
Fatherhood of God. We know His ineffable Name. We realize 
our dependence on His Mighty Will. Yes, we believe, preach, 
know and realize, but we do not practice and until we do, our 
Royal Craft will not be well conditioned and attendance at our 
meetings will be a forgotten duty to our great membership. 
At our respective District or Chapter Church Services, every 
Companion — not sick — should be present to proclaim to the 
World the strength of our beliefs, the wealth and beauty of 
our Order and instruct mankind in our belief in Masonry as 
the symbol of human liberty and brotherly love. 

It should be a basic necessity to see that every capable 
Companion is given some task to do — to take part in degree 
work — to arrange educational talks — to secure entertainment 
—to do anything that may be thought of — but no matter what 
— "to do". That is the necessity — everyone "doing". A busy 
man is a happy one. A thinking, doing, working Companion 
is a regular attendant. The Chapter lives and thrives only 
by its attendance and the energetic interest of its members. 



144 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Your Committee commends the splendid unselfish service 
rendered by the Welfare Committee of the Toronto Districts 
in their ministering to the members of the "Fragments from 
France" and the other unfortunates at the Red Chevron Club 
— distributing cigarettes, tobacco and chocolate bars ; also for 
organizing motor cavalcades to transport underprivileged 
children and mothers for their only holiday at Bronte and 
Lake Simcoe Camps. As one Grand Superintendent says, "The 
work of this Committee is commended, but must be seen to be 
fully appreciated." This humanitarian work merits our ap- 
proval and gratitude, and not only redounds to the credit of the 
individual members of this Welfare Committee, but enhances 
the reputation of this Order. 

Burden-bearers are we all, 

Great and small. 

Burden-sharers be ye all, 

Great and small! 

Where another shares the load, 

Two draw nearer God. 

Yet there are burdens we can share with none, 

Save God; 

And paths remote where we must walk alone, 

With God; 

For lonely burden and for path apart — 

Thank God! 

If these but serve to bring the burdened heart 

To God. 

We feel it is impossible for us to overlook expressing to the 
Companions of Hamilton Chapter, No. 175 (as to all Masons, 
especially those of the Scottish Rite), our sincere sympathy 
in the loss of Excellent Companion D. G. Mclllwraith. This 
late Excellent Companion also was the Sovereign Grand Com- 
mander of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite — a most 
brilliant scholar, doctor, and an outstanding Mason. His un- 
timely death has robbed Masonry of an intellectual mind, well 
versed in Masonic doctrine, and one of nature's gentlemen. 
We mourn his passing and think, with love, of those nearest 
and dearest to him whose grief is so much the more poignant. 

During the past year there have been several special events 
in the history of some of our Chapters. 

One Chapter — Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui, No. 1, of 
Kingston, celebrated its one hundred and fiftieth anniversary. 
This, naturally was an unique occasion. 






ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 145 

Two other Chapters — Wellington, No. 47, of Chatham, and 
St. John's, No. 48, of Cobourg, celebrated their seventy-fifth 
anniversaries. Celebrations of this nature, viz., the passing 
of a number of years beyond the allotted time of man, must 
be fraught with gratitude to those passed or older Companions 
whose foresight brought into being these Chapters through 
a belief in our teachings, which inspired them to band together 
for the benefit of themselves and their fellowmen. To think 
back seventy-five years, for most of us, is a somewhat breath- 
taking dive into the far past, and, of course, to think back 
150 years is delving into ancient history. 

It is not given to every Royal Arch Mason to be associated 
with such happenings as these celebrations. We congratulate 
the Companions of these three Chapters, are delighted with 
their sound condition and wish them continued success. 

It also is pleasing to report that Pembroke Chapter, No. 58, 
Mattawa, which has been dormant for several years, now shows 
sign of resuscitation. Our blessing is bestowed freely that this 
prospect may speedily materialize. Now to jump far afield to 
our distant North West in the Yukon. We are more than de- 
lighted to announce good tidings — we hope of great joy. Klon- 
dike Chapter, No. 154, which has been inactive for a period of 
time, is springing to life. This Chapter is awakening to deeds 
— four applications have already been received and interest 
is aroused — so that the quiet of Winter is being dispelled by 
the sunshine of Spring, and hope for the full bloom of Summer 
may be expected, so that the rays of active Capitular Masonic 
works from Dawson City, we trust, will soon bridge the dis- 
tance with the inspiring knowledge that Klondike Chapter is 
alive, thriving and full of well-being. 

In passing, it also may be said that interest is being en- 
gendered in Whitehorse, which may result in a request being 
received for the organization of a Chapter at that place. Yukon 
Territory has a much brighter glow of prosperity for thei 
future. 

What of our degrees. We know that the knowledge of the 
lessons taught in Capitular Masonry should be the ultimate 
for all Master Masons — an indispensible conclusion to their 
Masonic life. Without our teachings the Master Mason still 



146 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

wanders in a glimmering light, but we should take care to re- 
ceive into our bosom only those fellow travellers whose lives 
will be changed and illumined by the knowledge they receive ; 
they must be good soil that will produce the fruit of proven 
Companionship and energetic service. These new members 
will give us the encouragement that will foster and spread 
the beauty of our ceremonies, captivating and holding them 
and bringing back to their Chapters the vast number of un- 
attending Companions, thus dispelling the fog of present in- 
ertia, which is wrapping some of our Chapters in spineless in- 
activity and boredom. 

So far as Chapters are concerned — here and there one 
sees a bond of fellowship between them, but the interchange 
of visits could be vastly exceeded, to the benefit of Companion- 
ship and Masonic education, plus the great happiness of per- 
sonal contact, of getting acquainted with other Royal Arch 
Masons, so that we may revel in the joy of varied personalities 
and by closer contact strengthen our ties. 

This report is intended to bring to the Companions' atten- 
tion: — 

1. United we stand — divided we sink into oblivion. 

2. That energetic doing is a must for all Companions. 
Drones are a liability. 

3. All must be alive, interested and full of enthusiasm for 
Royal Arch Masonry. 

4. Church attendance. The worship of God is a must for 
all Companions. Our Masonic Church Services should 
be a revelation to the laity wherever held. 

5. What we have let us hold — viz, every Royal Arch Com- 
panion — no losses. 

6. Fees and dues — are only money — a requirement. Com- 
panions and Companionship are a God-given necessity — 
pray with and for each other. 

In closing, let us be thankful for what we are, but strive to 
rejoice in and obtain a betterment of our conditions that Royal 
Arch Masonry always may be the thriving, fruitful field, of a 
closely and strongly knit band of alive, energetic men working 
ever for their own and others' advancement to the utmost of 
human endeavour. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 147 

grant me this — 

In all my work, 

God, of Thy best! 

High thought in true word drest, 

To cheer, to lift, — 

To comfort the depressed — 

To lighten darkness, — 

To bring rest 

To souls distrest, 

In all my work, O manifest 

Thy Will! 

So shall the work be blest. 

Fraternally submitted, 

A. G. N. Bradshaw, Chairman 
W. E. Tregenza 
Bruce H. Smith. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, seconded 
by M. Ex. Comp. Rod. B. Dargavel, and — 

Resolved — That the Report of the Executive Committee on Con- 
dition of Capitular Masonry for the year 1947, be received and adopted. 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FRATERNAL DEAD 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z. f Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: — 

It is our sad duty to pause from our Masonic labours in 
which we are now engaged to pay our heartfelt tribute of re- 
spect to the memory of those Companions who, since our last 
Annual Convocation, have answered the summons of the Great 
Jehovah, and have passed to their eternal rest. 

"No one hears the doors that open, 
When they pass beyond our call; 
Soft as the dropping petals of a rose, 
One by one our loved ones fall. 

But the memory of each loved one, 

Like the fragrance of the rose, 
God sends to linger with us, 

Till our own life's door shall close." 

We looked eagerly to the convocations where they would 
be in attendance. Their very presence transformed the -Chap- 
ter Room into a house of hallowed Companionship. 



148 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

The Companions whose memory we now honour were 
flowers in the garden of life, and stars in the firmament of 
living. Some were full of years and others heard the summons 
while still the stream of life was at the flood. 

And now they are gone. We cannot clasp their hands! 
We cannot hear their words ! Yet, in harmony with the faith 
we profess, we do not enter into this period as one of gloom 
or sorrow, but rather of tribute to the virtues of the departed, 
and of thanksgiving for the priceless privilege of their Com- 
panionship, for the lustre they added to life and for the con- 
tribution they made to the advancement of mankind. 

"No farther seek their merits to disclose, 

Or draw their frailties from their dread abode, 
There they alike in trembling hope repose, 
In the bosom of their Father and their God." 

And we come, in solemnity, but without sadness, because 
as long as memory fails not, we may see our departed Com- 
panion with the eyes of the mind, and we may hear their 
voices with the ears of the soul. The capacity to retain them 
in the spacious rooms of memory is a priceless gift of God. 

So with our tribute of remembrance and respect, the spirit 
of this fleeting hour is that expressed in these words: 

"There is no death. What seems so is transition. 
This life of mortal breath, 
Is but a suburb of the life elysium, 
Whose portal we call death." 

Your Committee has to report the loss of 378 of our loved 
Companions, who since our last Convocation have answered 
the final call. This list contains a great many prominent 
Masons, who have been very active in the Grand Lodge of 
Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

R. Ex. Comp. W. H. Wardrope, Past Grand Master. 

Comp. T. C. Wardley, Past Grand Master. 

and many others who have spent a full life in working for 
Craft Masonry. 

Our Sister Jurisdictions in the United States have suffered 
the loss of 33 Past Grand High Priests, one Grand Scribe, and 
one Past Grand Scribe, one Grand Treasurer, one Grand 
Captain of the Host, and one Grand Secretary. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 149 

To the loved ones and friends of our departed Companions 
we extend our deepest sympathy in this hour of trial, and 
may God be their comfort. We feel the loss of our distin- 
guished Companions from the Sister Jurisdictions of the 
United States and share with their loved ones the grief of their 
passing. 

"There is only a curtain between us, 

Between the beyond and here; 
They, whom we call dead, have not left us; 

Nay, they were never so near. 
Not dead, but promoted, 

They have joined the Chapter above; 
And blessed by smiles from the Master, 

They wait for those whom they love." 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. A. M. Taylor, Chairman. 



AEATHS, 1947 

Chapter No. 

1. Duncan Nesbitt, Oscar F. Cook, Wesley J. Hawley, Louis W. Wil- 
liams, Frank S. Young, Herbert N. Robertson, George Robertson. 

2. Thomas Towers, T. S, Griffiths, William E. Linklater, Robert 
Wright, Norman Clark, John Cheriton, A. Hagerman. 

3. William Vaughan, Francis H. Thompson, John G. Lind, James C. 
Andrews, Henry P. Osman. 

4. Edward T. Flanagan, Walter S. Stephenson, Charles H. Portch, 
Geo. H. Mitchell, A. P. Burgon, A. J. Monette, Bernard A. Hamiton. 

5. William Royle Bacon, W. J. Stevenson, Norman A. Brown, Alfred 
Johnson. 

6. Francis Harold Baker, Samuel Easter, John B. Adams, Robert 
Sharp, Alfred E. Wheatley, F. M. Barnard. 

7. Edward Lee Emerson, Frank Foley, Wm. Houston Gerrie, Arthur 
R. Newman, H. A. Scollan, Chas. N. Sulman. 

8. George Carruthers, Percy V. Linton, Andrew Anderson, Fred R. 
Beatty, Hubert J. Burns, John E. Scott, Harry Gee. 

15. A. E. McDonald, R. V. Finch, D. A. Gray, E. J. Blake, J. F. Mah- 
tiesdon. 

16. F. H. Honeywell, Howard Argue, H. B. Younghusband, J. Orval 
Surgrue, S. Chaplain, G. R. Brood, John H. Wooley. 

18. Harry M. Mcintosh, Wm. H. Hodges, Wm. E. Tilford, Henry Avery, 
Fred C. Harrington. 

19. Norman W. Byard, George Thomas Gillingham, Wm. M. Wilson, 
Thomas MacGlashin. 

20. Edward Paul Park, Wm. H. Inglis, Wm. J. Jolly, N. F. Macdonald, 
M. W. Moyer, F. C. Thomson. 

22. James W. Ault, S. J. Vosburgh. 

24. John L. Young, Geo. L. Money, R. H. Hollis. 

26. O. P. Day, H. E. Mayhew, Joseph Barry, Wm. Bain. 

27. Eldon Walkinshaw, A. H. Smith, James L. McClure. 

28. J. A. Toms, T. A. Garton, Thomas Shields, Duncan Campbell, T. H. 
Dunlop, F. L. Henry, Wm. Sinclair. 

29. Samuel McKechnie. 



150 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Chapter No. 

30. Charles Edward Robinson. 

32. R. S. Hamilton. 

34. R. G. Bidwell, J. F. Cornish, R. S. Broad, J. F. Craig, Wm. F. Catlin. 

35. C. H. French. 

36. J. Welsh, W. D. Campbell, J. F. Strickland, S. T. Medd, B. D. Mc- 
Lean, T. F. Matthews. 

37. Wm. A. George, H. A. Fortner. 

40. G. W. Lawrence, T. C. Wardley, A. E. Cornell. 

44. J. W. Thompson, J. E. Robinson, W. T. McKenzie. 

45. J. R. Hancock. 

46. T. L. Sinclair, R. Crone. 

47. W. G. Peters, J. T. Crouch, Wm. J. McCall. 

48. James Gillard, W. A. Johnson. 

53. John Copeland, C. Hodgins, R. H. Clark. 

54. George E. Hill, Edmund Long, E. W. Honsinger, Peter Mclnnis, 
John Vail, Edgar Flach, Wm. Clark, N. J. Hathaway, G. Whitworth. 

55. W. J. Found, F. J. Rowland, C. A. Hall, E. Shoemake, H. R. Irvine. 

56. A. E. Rankin, A. Campbell. 

57. A. Wheable, F. R. Johnson, J. T. Myler. 

59. N. J. Cole, H. L. Cameron, A. B. Cowan, J. Pennock, W. J. Wooding, 
H. B. Coates. 

61. Wm. Banning, H. W. Lundy. 

62. John Brewster, A. J. Brown, C. R. Bridges, A. A. Ellis. 

63. J. B. Ritchie, R. Irwin. 

64. W. H. Crowther, J. McNeice, M. F. Stewart. 

65. S. Johnston, F. G. Niebel, M. S. Boehm, V. R. Smith, T. Reid, W. 
Harvey, H. B. Anderson, W. S. Jackson. 

66. R. E. Jackson. 

67. H. R. Brown, C. E. Livingstone. 

68. C. 0. Ferguson. 

71. D. B. Morrow, F. B. Gerrard. 

72. B. O. Lott. 

73. W. C. Benner. 

76. C. W. Anderson, J. H. Newns. 

77. E. E. Lee, G. J. Simonds, J. J. Little, H. Stewart, Wm. Taylor, 
W. J. Campbell, E. Wills, E. F. Barber, 

78. Hugh Adams. 

79. F. M. Simpson, W. Robertson, F. A. McEwan, J. A. Casci. 

80. C. Chapman, F. C. Sparling, T. Hope, E. Wigle, A. W. Barton. 

81. J. F. Harris, T. Winder, W. H. Foster. 

82. H. S. Knauss, W. E. Maunder, Wm. H. Foote, A. F. Ticknor. 

83. L. Moffett. 

84. J. S. Scott. 

88. W. T. Jeffs, Sandy McVean, Geo. E. Weir. 

90. Donald McLeod, Otto. Kuhn. 

91. Joseph Alfred Burnett, J. H. Lindsay, J. W. Walker, Chas. A. Ward, 
Jonathan Pete. 

94. G. Fisher, Karl Sylvester, Adam Hawthorne. 

95. J. S. Gill, Albert A. Sheppard, R. M. Miller, Wm. John Young, 
James McCarthy. 

102. J. W. Wilson, K. M. Wright, G. W. Bald, R. T. Lane, J. A. Maclnnis. 

103. B. S. Leak. 

104. R. H. Archibald, F. Dent. 
113. E. T. Locey. 

115. Luke Cross, J. G. Bell, John Harold, Sr. 

116. Wm. Barclay, W. C. Nichols. 

117. Wm. Uffelman, John Milhausen, A. K. King, George Vale. 
119. F. Harrison, Roland Dumphy. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 151 

Chapter No. 

131. John Sutherby, John Cole. 

132. W. H. Bryan, W. G. Johnston, N. R. Gardiner. 

133. F. W. Hall, John McCouan, 0. C. Connerty, Howard F. Caloran. 

134. Dr. Edward Blanchard. 

138. F. B. Edmond, H. E. Williams, M. MacLeod, J. Lindsay, J. F. Mc- 
Lean. 

140. J. R. Jackson, C. J. Moore, C. Ross, E. Hewitt, H. G. Bishop. 

143. Dr. Wm. B. MacDiarmid, Geo. Kinean. 

144. A. R. Northrup, V. S. Coulter, H. E. Spafford. 

145. J. R. Starr, Wm. Moull, W. J. Harvey, Wm. P. Thompson, W. H. 
Thomson, J. T. Hutson. 

146. Frank Anderson. 

147. R. M. McPherson, Conrad Decker. 

148. J. A. McKinnon, M. J. MacRae. 

149. E. E. Jess, Martin Solomon, Colin Murray. 

151. Hugh D. MacMillan. 

152. John McVey. 

153. William Hockin. 

154. Halmar Johnston. 

155. Robert Ferguson, David Butter, Wm. Walter Sharp. 
161. Wm. R. Kelly, Bruce McKenzie. 

163. Ernie Bray, J. A. Burt. 

164. Joshua Walters. 

167. Charles H. Williams, D. E. Dobson, A. Gallagher. 

168. C. B. Williams, E. Bell, W. Hill. 

169. J. Arthur Amm. 

175. F. W. Watson, F. E. Perney, A. E. Thrasher, R. H. Foster, R. J. A. 

Curry. 

185. W. H. Wardrope, R. E. Richmond, Wm. G. Dobson, Geo. Atkinson, 

H. R. Brown, R. H. Perrin. 

195. J. H. Sithes. 

198. A. C. Salmon, Wm. Calvert, W. W. McBain. 

203. I. A. Mosher. 

212. Wm. Moull, J. S. Granatstein. 

214. R. J. Richardson. 

215. J. Kline. 
217. C. V. Hodder. 
220. .R. E. Richmond. 

222. P. A. Taverner, J. Goode, T. H. Mansell, Thomas Ferguson. 

224. J. A. Curno, E. C. Hall. 

225. T. A. MacDonald. 

226. R. M. Anderson. 

227. Arthur A. Saylor. 

230. Walter J. Harvey. 

231. R. J. Campbell, T. Blyth. 

232. Wm. K. Allen, Gus Letros, C. H. Foss. 

233. William Hawkins. 

234. J. B. Mackenzie. 

235. Hugh C. McRae. 

238. Joseph Ryckman. 

239. Norman Cooper. 

240. A. A. Jennings. 
246. W. J. Pollett. 

249. T. A. Garton, Frank Rogers, A. L. Nicholls. 

250. A. Wm. Richardson, A. W. Steel, John Young, E. J. Titus, R. Mc- 
Ewan, Thomas Hope. 

252. David Burwell. 

253. Wm. Alex. Ferguson, N. Middleton Thompson. 



152 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

SISTER GRAND JURISDICTIONS OF THE 
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 

Alabama— Guy T. Smith, Grand Secretary, 1931-1947. 

John Newman Jones, Grand Captain of the Host, 1947. 

California — John Joseph Sweeney, G.H.P., 1904. 
James Bertram McLees, G.H.P., 1927. 
Edward Byron Spencer, G.H.P., 1917. 
William Penn Humphreys, G.H.P., 1923. 

Colorado— Reuben V. Hershey, G.H.P., 1923-1924. 
Elum M. Russell, G.H.P., 1940-1941. 

Florida— Jesse Carrol Clark, G.H.P., 1939. 

Georgia— Early Hurt Johnson, G.H.P., 1924. 
W. Frank Wells, G.H.P., 1927. 

Idaho— George Ray Nead, G.H.P., 1939. 

Indiana— George Clarence Cole, G.H.P., 1932. 

Kansas— George W. Trout, G.H.P., 1926. 

Louisiana — Leon Samuel Haas, G.H.P., 1925. 

Maine — Henry L. Hunton, Grand Scribe, 1940. 

Massachusetts— Edward Harold Whittemore, G.H.P., 1937-38-39. 

Minnesota — Ernest Malmberg, G.H.P., 1945. 
James Ridler, G.H.P., 1909. 
William Joseph Works, G.H.P., 1923. 

Mississippi — John Foggo Dixon, P.G.H.P. and Grand Treasurer. 
James Henry Johnson, G.H.P.. 1936. 
Joseph Kennard Young, G.H.P., 1932. 

■ Montana— Harlon Leslie Hart, G.H.P., 1923-1924. 
Russell Dean Miller, G.H.P., 1933-1934. 

Nebraska— Harry D. Cone, G.H.P., 1925-1926. 
William T. Poucher, G.H.P., 1943-1944. 

Nevada— Thomas Lindsay, G.H.P., 1918-1919. 

New Jersey— Samuel G. Rudderow, G.H.P., 1909-1910. 

New York— Roy B. Davis, G.H.P., 1931. 

Ohio— John H. Baehr, G.H.P., 1917-1918. 

Oregon— Lloyd Lytton Scott, G.H.P., 1938. 

Pennsylvania— Albert T. Hanby, G.H.P., 1935-1936. 

South Dakota— Marcus Poznansky, G.H.P., 1915. 

West Virginia — George M. Ford, G.H.P., 1905. 

Wisconsin— Clarence Hill, G.H.P., 1928. 

Wyoming — Christian H. Hofman, Grand Scribe. 
Arthur Colley Jones, G.H.P., 1918. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, and — 

Resolved, — That the Report of the Committee on Fraternal Dead be 
received, 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 153 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND 
INSTRUCTION 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: — 

During the year the Committee on Education issued a 
"Manual of Instructions" for the purpose of clarifying certain 
parts of The Work, so as to insure uniformity. These rubrics 
have been carefully explained. 

Also there has been prepared Instructions for the Grand 
Superintendents, and there is being prepared a Manual for the 
Officers of Constituent Chapters. It is not possible to incor- 
porate all the necessary material into a reasonably sized 
Manual, but the most essential items have been covered. It is 
hoped that the manner of presentation of the Material will be 
conducive to reading. A closely written page will frighten 
many a reader, and by adopting this new form this fear can 
be reduced. 

A letter has also been sent to the First Principals giving 
instructions for procedure at Refreshment. 

Due, no doubt, to the letter sent, accompanied by a revised 
list of books for loans, to all Scribes E., there has been a marked 
increase in the interest shown toward the Library, and the 
number of loans has nearly doubled. If our Scribes E. will 
continue to give us publicity in their summonses, I am confi- 
dent that this increase will continue, with beneficial results 
to all concerned. 

For the period indicated, borrowings by mail totalled 61, 
and local Companions 18, a total of 79 as compared with only 
45 for 1946-47. Separate letters in reply to enquiries totalled 
17, and total costs for postage was $9.14. 

Two new books were added at a cost of $5.25 ; binding and 
repairs to books worn by much use amounted to $15.50. 

While the great majority of requests came from our own 
Jurisdiction, there were a few from official Companions in New 
Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, and the assistance 
required was supplied. 



154 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Comp. Haydon has been very faithful in his task to the 
Library, and in the face of difficulties has carried on efficiently 
this important duty. Your Committee recommends that he be 
granted an honorarium of one hundred dollars. 

All of which is respectfully submitted., 

Austin Evans, 

Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, and — 

Resolved, — That the Report of the Committee on Education and In- 
struction be received and adopted. 

Fraternal Correspondence 

Most Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner presented his report 
on "Fraternal Correspondence" and requested that as many 
as possible read the same. 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, and— 

Resolved — That the Report of the Committee on Fraternal Corre- 
spondence be received and adopted. 

Historian Elected 

Moved by M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. Jas. W. Woodland, and — 

Resolved, — That Most Excellent Companion George L. Gardiner be 
re-elected Grand Historian and Reviewer. 



REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON LIFE MEMBER- 
SHIP FUND 

The Special Committee appointed by the Most Excellent, 
the Grand First Principal, to study and report on the matter 
of arrangements whereby the Life Membership Funds of the 
Constituent Chapters might be administered by Grand Chap- 
ter, thereby simplifying the carrying out of Section 246 of the 
Constitution of Grand Chapter. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 155 

The Committee was appointed as follows: 

R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, Chairman R. Ex. Comp. William Field 

M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean R. Ex. Comp. Frank O. Tidy 

R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw R. Ex. Comp. H. Ferguson 

R. Ex. Comp. C. A. Sollitt R. Ex. Comp. L. E. Edmonds 

M. Ex. Comp. W. G. Price Ex. Comp. F. A. R. MaeFadden 

M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith R. Ex. Comp. A. D. Maclntyre 

R. Ex. Comp. K. N. Carrie R. Ex. Comp. Fred Grose. 
R. Ex. Comp. T. Camelford 

and now reports — 

The Constitution of Grand Chapter as amended at the 1947 

Convocation provides that the Constituent Chapters must in- 
vest the proceeds of all Life Memberships sold subsequent to 
that date in trustee securities, adding the income therefrom 
to the fund, and withdrawing the annual dues of said Life 
Members. 

Because the amounts to be so invested will in the early- 
years be too small to purchase securities, it is suggested that 
Grand Chapter accept these funds from the Constituent Chap- 
ters, invest them on their behalf and pay to the Constituent 
Chapters from these funds and their earnings, the annual 
dues of the Life Members whose original payments have been 
deposited with Grand Chapter. 

It is suggested that such a Trust Fund can be set up in the 
office of the Grand Scribe E. and the deposits of each Chapter 
properly segregated, the proportionate earnings added thereto 
and the payments to the respective Chapters deducted there- 
from. 

It is further suggested that, in addition to the above ser- 
vice, Grand Chapter may, when requested by any Constituent 
Chapter, make a calculation of the Life Membership Reserve 
required by that Chapter to cover the Life Memberships of 
all living Life Members of that Chapter in accordance with 
the actuarial table set out in the Constitution. 

If a Chapter so desires, it may then deposit with Grand 
Chapter the amount of its required actuarial reserve for all 
living Life Members and Grand Chapter will then proceed to 
invest these funds in trustee securities. The earnings thereon 
will be credited to the Chapter's account and the Chapter will 
be paid the annual dues of these Life Members from the Fund 
so long as they may live. 



156 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

As a further service to any Constituent Chapter, Grand 
Chapter may, when so requested, accept from such Chapter 
that portion of any candidate's exaltation fee which will ac- 
cumulate at 3% to the credit of said Chapter for the period 
during- which he pays annual dues to said Chapter and at the 
end of his dues-paying period will be sufficient to enable Grand 
Chapter to pay to the Constituent Chapter such annual dues 
for the remainder of the candidate's natural life. 

This provision is suggested to cover those Chapters that 
have established the precedent of granting to their members 
Life Membership without any further payment at the attain- 
ment of a certain age, or the completion of a certain dues-pay- 
ing period of years. 

It is felt that suitable records can be set up in the Grand 
Scribe E.'s office for all Chapters that desire to participate in 
any of the plans outlined herein. 

To this the Most Excellent Grand First Principal suggests 
the following as clarifying the intent of the foregoing report, 
which the Committee is pleased to incorporate in their report. 

"As many Chapters have a number of Life Members, but 
have set up no separate Life Membership Fund, it is suggested 
that Grand Chapter may, when requested by any Constituent 
Chapter, make a calculation of the Life Membership reserve 
required by that Chapter to cover the Life Memberships exist- 
ing prior to 1947. The Chapter could then, if it so desired, 
deposit with Grand Chapter the amount of its required actu- 
arial reserve for all living Life Members, to be handled in the 
same manner as indicated above with respect to Life Mem- 
berships taken out since the change in the Constitution. 

"There are some Chapters which have been granting Life 
Memberships after members have attained a certain age or have 
completed a certain number of years in which they have paid 
the regular dues. It has been suggested that Chapters could 
continue that practice by setting aside, out of the Exaltation 
Fee of each candidate or from their Chapter funds, an amount 
of money which at 3% compound interest would at the end 
of the number of years specified be sufficient to return to the 
Chapter an amount equal to his annual dues for the remainder 
of his life, such payment to be made to Grand Chapter and 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 157 

handled in the same manner as indicated above. For example, 
$1.00 invested at 3% compounded yearly will build up as 
follows : 

15 years $1.5360 

20 years ! 1.7804 

25 years 2.0648 

30 years 2.3936 

35 years 2.6930 

"Therefore, if a Chapter's by-laws state that a Companion 
shall become a Life Member after the payment of 30 years' 
consecutive yearly dues, if the Companion was 30 years old 
when he joined the Chapter, he would be 60 years old when 
he became a Life Member. The Chapter would require to set 
aside the amount of the annual Chapter dues, say $5.00, less 
the Grand Chapter per capita 50c. or $4.50, multiplied by 
$11.02, shown for age 60 in the table, or $49.59. If when he 
joined 30 years before, the Chapter had set aside $49.59 divided 
by $2.3936, or $20.72, out of his Exaltation Fee or Chapter 
Funds, this amount invested at 3% would produce for the fund 
the amount of $49.59 required to purchase his Life Member- 
ship at age 60. The Chapter would then withdraw from the 
Fund his total dues of $4.50 as long as he lives, instead of 
nothing as under their present arrangement. The Companion 
in addition would have to pay the $10.00 commutation fee to 
Grand Chapter." 

The Special Committee on Life Membership Fund of Con- 
stituent Chapters recommends that a Trust Fund Account be 
set up in the office of the Grand Scribe E., with the assistance 
of our Auditor, the bookkeeping to be kept by the Grand 
Scribe E., for the safe-keeping and proper trustee investment 
of such Life Membership Funds as may be committed to the 
custody of Grand Chapter to implement the operation of Sec- 
tion No. 246 of the Constitution as amended in 1947. 

This Constituent Chapter Life Membership Trust Fund 
shall be operated by trustees appointed by the Grand Council 
and will keep separate the accounting of each Constituent 
Chapter participating, and also the equities deposited and 
accruing on account of each individual member as designated 
by his Chapter. 



158 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

At the end of each calendar year, the Life Membership fees 
due to each Chapter by reason of its participation in this Trust 
Agreement, shall be paid to the Constituent Chapter. In the 
case of the death of any member, his residual equity, if any, 
shall be transferred to the credit of the general Life Member- 
ship Account of his Chapter in the Trust Fund, from which 
deficits due to unusual life expectancy will be deducted. 

The Trust Fund shall be revalued every five years and ad- 
justments made to meet the established trend, if found neces- 
sary by mortality experience. 

Respectfully submitted, 

C. M. Pitts, Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, and carried, "That this re- 
port with its recommendations be received and considered." 

It was then moved by R. Ex. Comp. Pitts, seconded by R. 
Ex. Comp. Bradshaw, and — 

Resolved — "That the Report and its recommendations be adopted." 



CONSIDERING NOTICES OF MOTION 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth N. Carrie, and — 

Resolved, — "That portion of Section 140, of the Constitution, Fees 
and Dues, be amended by deleting the Third and Fourth lines of page 40." 
and the following to be substituted therefor: 

"For a registry of the name of every candidate for 
exaltation, and a Grand Chapter Certificate, — $3.00." 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. Reg. V. E. Conover, second- 
ed by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts : 

That the Constitution of Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada be amended by adding thereto the following : 

Grand Chapter Committee on Education 

68a. "There shall be a standing committee of Masonic Education 
and Instruction to be known as 'Grand Chapter Committee on Education' 
whose responsibility shall be to impart instruction and Masonic educa- 
tion to the Grand Superintendents, District and Chapter Officers. The 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 159 

duties, syllabus, methods of Instruction, organization and administra- 
tion, shall be defined by the Grand Council and Past Grand First Prin- 
cipals, who shall also appoint the chairman, personnel, and any assistants 
who may be deemed necessary for the more effective carrying out of the 
programme of Masonic Education and Instruction. Subject to the ap- 
proval of the Grand Executive, the expenses of this Grand Chapter 
Committee on Education shall be paid by Grand Chapter." 

An Amendment by R. Ex. Comp. John W. Plewes, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. Wm. C. Johnston: 

"That the motion appertaining to a Grand Chapter Committee on 
Education be deferred for one year." After a general discussion, the 
Amendment being submitted was declared "Carried". 

Thanks to Credentials Committee 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, and — 

Resolved, — That this Grand Body tender to the Credentials Committee 
its thanks for the capable manner in which the Chairman, R. Ex. Comip. 
Chas. W. Powers, and Vice-Chairman, R. Ex. Comp. John L. House, 
and members of the Committee discharged the duties allotted to them. 



Committee on Benevolence 

Moved by M. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. Kenneth N. Carrie, and — 

Resolved, — That R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore be elected a member 
of the Committee on Benevolence for a period of three years. 

The following Companions comprise the Committee on 
Benevolence and are members of the Executive Committee of 
Grand Chapter for their respective terms : — 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert N. McElhinney, retires in 1949. 
M. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel, retires in 1950. 
R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore, retires in 1951. 

Thanks to Scrutineers 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth N. Carrie, and — 

Resolved, — That the thanks of this Grand Chapter be tendered to 
the Chairman, V. Ex. Comp. S. G. Newdick, and Vice-Chairman, R. Ex. 
Comp. Jas. W. Woodland, and other Companions who acted as Scrutineers, 
for the services rendered in the election of the Officers of Grand Chapter. 



160 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Thanks to the Companions of Toronto Districts 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Clarence M. Pitts, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, and — 

Resolved, — That the thanks of the Grand Chapter of Canada be 
extended to the General Chairman of the Committee, R. Ex. Comp. A. F. 
Tannahill, and the Companions of the City of Toronto and District for the 
splendid manner in which the arrangements have been carried out for the 
reception and entertainment of the delegates in attendance. It was by 
their efforts that every detail of the Convocation ran so smoothly. 

Officers Installed and Invested 

Most Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover and M. Ex. Comp. John M. 
Burden installed and invested the newly elected officers of 
Grand Chapter, including the Grand Superintendents of the 
several Districts, and they were proclaimed and saluted accord- 
ing to ancient custom. 

Thanks to Installing Board 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, and — 

Resolved, — That the thanks of this Grand Chapter be tendered to 
Most Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover and his assistants who had charge of 
the Installation Ceremony, for the able manner in which the Ceremony 
was performed. 

APPOINTED TO OFFICE 

The following appointments have been made by Most Ex. 
Comp. Fred W. Dean : — 

• Executive Committee — Appointed 

R. Ex. Comp. William Bailie Stothers, 

846 Dundas Street, London, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. John Loftus House, 

14 Pearson Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth Sinclair Clarke, 

Box 555, Copper Cliff, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Nostrand MacLise Sprague, 

103 Shuter Street, Trenton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Camelford, 

404 Lock Street, Dunnville, Ont. 

Assistant Officers — Appointed 

R. Ex. Comp. W. S. M. Enouy Grand Lecturer 

512 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Rev. James Arnold Payton Asst. Grand Chaplain 

Prescott, Ont. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 1G1 

V. Ex. Comp. Francis Howard McNeill Grand Senior Sojourner 

18 Chilton Road, Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Charles Ralph Grand Junior Sojourner 

132 Sterling Street, Hamilton, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Col. Lome Talbot McLaughlin Grand Sword Bearer 

Concession Street, Bowmanville, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Alexander McLeod Grand Master 4th Veil 

253 Bain Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. John William Speers Grand Master 3rd Veil 

437 Welington Street East, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. James Henry Page Grand Master 2nd Veil 

333 Muskoka Road, Orillia, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Hugh Dalzell Grand Master 1st Veil 

107 Prospect Avenue, Port Arthur, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Clifford M. Platten Grand Standard Bearer 

203 Vaughan Road, Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Leslie Vernon Wood Grand Director of Ceremonies 

R.R. No. 4, Perth, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Thomas Barclay Asst. Director of Ceremonies 

Box 282, Almonte, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Charles Fotheringham Grand Organist 

Box 164, Dryden, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Edward Thornton Spera Grand Pursuivant 

R.R. No. 1, Bartonville, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. William John Hales Grand Steward 

4 Gratton Street, Weston, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Arthur Lund Hey " 

127 Wellington Street, London, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. John Benjamin Wallace " 

514 Briar Hill Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Robert Easterbrook Houston " 

252 Ann Street, Bellevile, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. John William Wright 

849 Broadview Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Henry Nelson McKenney " 

16 Beecher Street, Brockvile, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. James Whaley " 

22 Hart Street, Timmins, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. George Harris " 

Queen Alexandra San., R.R. No. 7, London, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. George Russell Tinney " 

R.R. No. 3, Oil City, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Clarence James Sharp ° 

35 Brock Street, Brantford, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. John Mills " 

996 Moore Street, Preston, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Herbert George Zilliax " 

Box 150, Listowel, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Ira Burton Collard " 

R.R. No. 4, St. Catharines, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Robert James Carswell " 

525 Hamilton Road, London, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. John Leslie Atkinson " 

P.O. Box 52, West Lome, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. George Carthy " 

277 Borden Avenue South, Kitchener, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Harold Edward Lloyd " 

143 Britannia Street, Stratford, Ont. 



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V. Ex. Comp. Robert Milton Thistle Grand Steward 

Box 283, Amherstburg, Ont. 

Comp. Bertram John Witt Grand Outer Guard 

Apt. 6, 181 Preston Street, Ottawa, Ont. 



Closing 
The labours of the Annual Convo- 
cation being ended, Grand Chapter 
was closed in Ample Form at 12.45 
p.m., Toronto, Ontario, Thursday, 
April 29, 1948. 





Grand Scribe E. 



GRAND Z, EXTENDS DINNER 

On Tuesday evening, April 27, 1948, the Grand Z., Most 
Ex. Comp. Frederick W. Dean, joined with his Executive in at- 
tending a "Dinner" to his honoured guests. 

During the Convocation, many messages were conveyed to 
the Grand Chapter of Canada by the visiting Companions. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 
President 

R. Ex. Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts, Grand H., 
349A Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ont. 

By Virtue of Office 

M. Ex. Comp. Frederick William Dean, Grand Z., 1947-1948. 
244 Holton Avenue South, Hamilton, Ont. 

M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, Grand Z., 1928-1929, 
582 Dufferin Avenue, London, Ont. 

M. Ex. Comp. Walter G. Price, D.D.S., Grand Z., 1930-1931, 
67 Carlton Street, Toronto, Ont. 

M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner, Grand Z., 1935-1936, 
4 DunJoe Road, Toronto, Ont. 

M. Ex. Comp. Llewellyn F. Stephens, K.C., Grand Z., 1939-1940-1942, 
52 Markland Street, Hamilton, Ont. 

M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, K.C., Grand Z., 1943-1944, 
544 Confederation Life Building, Toronto, Ont. 

M. Ex. Comp. Reginald Van Every Conover, O.B.E., Grand Z., 1945-1946, 
Brampton, Ontario. 



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M. Ex. Comp. Harry H. Watson, Hon. Grand Z., 1909, 
692 Seymour Street, Vancouver, B.C. 

M. Ex. Comp. Roderick B. Dargavel, Hon. Grand Z., 1941, 
234 Evelyn Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Alexander George Noel Bradshaw, Grand J., 
655 Waterloo Street, London, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Bemister Parker, M.D., Grand Scribe N., 
707 Temple Building, Toronto 1, Ont. 

Executive Committee — Honorary 

R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Ellwood, 

137 John Street, London, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Archie D. Maclntyre, 

Suite 17B, 1048 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ont. 

BENEVOLENT COMMITTEE 

(Members of Executive by Virtue of Office) 

M. Ex. Comp. Rod. B. Dargavel, 

234 Evelyn Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore, 

121 Peter Street North, Orillia, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert N. McElhinney, 

69 Fuller Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

Executive Committee — Elected 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Powers, 

22 Gloucester Street, Ottawa, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth N. Carrie, 

1905a Queen Street East, Toronto, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert Clark, 

134 Cumberland Avenue, Hamilton, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. John Alexander MacDonald Taylor, 
R.R. No. 1, Hornby, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Alexander Sollitt, 

243 London Street, Peterborough, Ont. 

Executive Committee — Appointed 

R. Ex. Comp. William Bailie Stothers, 

846 Dundas Street, London, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. John Loftus House, 

14 Pearson Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth Sinclair Clarke, 

Box 555, Copper Cliff, Ont. 



164 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

R. Ex. Comp. Nostrand MacLise Sprague, 
103 Shuter Street, Trenton, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Camelford, 

404 Lock Street, Dunnville, Ont, 



Grand Superintendents 

(Members of Executive by Virtue op Office) 

R. Ex. Comp. Alvin Ross Bourne St. Clair District No. 1 

858 Erie Street East, Windsor, Ont. 

R. Ex Comp. George Thomas Edward Martin London " " 2 

36 Duchess Avenue, London, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Jay Leslie Churchill Wilson " " 3 

34 Burwell Street, Paris, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. James Allan Robertson Wellington " " 4 

81 Arthur Street, Guelph, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Peter Angus MacDougall Hamilton " " 5 

39 Arkell Street, Hamilton, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Dalton LeRoy Reid Huron " " 6 

21 Crombie Street, Seaforth, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Albert Jarvis Niagara " " 7 

13 Depot Street, Grimsby, Ont. 

R* Ex. Comp. Maurice Arthur Searle Toronto East " " 8 

9 Brookmount Road, Toronto, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp, Charles William Emmett Toronto West " " 8a 

181 Clendenan Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Herbert Clowes Irwin Georgian u " 9 

2306 - 4th Avenue West, Owen Sound, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. William Carman Blackwell, M.D. ..Ontario " " 10 

22 Cambridge Street, Lindsay, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Anthony Elias Holmes Prince Edward " " 11 

Box 337, Napanee, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. James Neil MacMillan St. Lawrence " " 12 

184 King Street East, Gananoque, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Morton Webster Rogers Ottawa " " 13 

8 Allan Street, Carleton Place, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Fotheringham Algoma " " 14 

Box 164, Dryden, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. William Robertson Stewart New Ontario " " 15 

Box 352, North Bay, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. George Edward McKelvie Temiskaming District, No. 16 

Box 225, New Liskeard, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. John R. Fraser Yukon " " 17 

Dawson City, Yukon Territory. 



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SUB-COMMITTEES 

GRAND Z.'S ADDRESS 
M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner (Chairman), M. Ex. Comps. Edwin 
Smith, Walter G. Price, Llewellyn F. Stephens, John M. Burden, Reg. V. 
E. Conover, Harry H. Watson, R. B. Dargavel. 

BENEVOLENCE 
R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore (Chairman), M. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dar- 
gavel, R. Ex. Comp. R. N. McElhinney. 

WARRANTS AND DISPENSATIONS 
R. Ex. Comp. N. M. Sprague (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. M. A. 
Searle, P. A. MacDougall, J. L. Churchill. 

PRINTING AND SUPPLIES 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert Clark (Chairman), Grand Scribe E., R. Ex. 
Comp. J. L. House, Chas. W. Emmett. 

FINANCE 
R. Ex. Comp. Ken. N. Carrie (Chairman), Grand Council, Grand 
Treasurer, Grand Scribe E., Chairman Committee on Investments, R. Ex. 
Comps. K. S. Clarke, Thos. Camelford, and the Auditor (ex-officio). 

INVESTMENTS 
R. Ex. Comp. C. A. Sollitt (Chairman), Grand Council, Grand Treas- 
urer, Grand Scribe E. 

GRIEVANCES AND APPEALS 
M. Ex. Comp. L. F. Stephens (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. C. B. 
Parker, G. T. E. Martin, A. R. Bourne, J. A. Robertson, W. R. Stewart. 

CONSTITUTION, LAWS AND JURISPRUDENCE 
M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. W. Sher- 
man Cooper, M. W. Rogers, G. E. McKelvie. 

CONDITION OF CAPITULAR MASONRY 
R. Ex. Comp. W. Bailie Stothers (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. Chas. 
W. Powers, Dr. W. C. Blackwell, J. N. MacMillan, Chas. Fotheringham. 
ham. 

FRATERNAL DEAD 
R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. Rt. Rev. 
Chas. H. MacDonald, Wm. K. Herd, D. L. Reid, Albert Jarvis, H. C. 
Irwin, A. E. Holmes. 

FRATERNAL CORRESPONDENCE 
M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardner (Chairman), 

MILEAGE AND PER DIEM 
R. Ex. Comp. A. D. Maclntyre (Chairman), R. Ex. Comp. Herbert 
Thompson (Vice-Chairman). 



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GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



CHAPTER RETURNS 



Name of Chapter 



Where Held 



Regular Convocation 



Ancient Frontenac and 

Cataraqui 

The Hiram 

St. John's 

St. Andrew and St. John . 

St. George's , 

St. John's 

The Moira 

King Solomon's 

Wawanosh 

Carleton 

Oxford 

Mt. Morlah 

Mount Horeb 

Qrenville 

Ezra 

Tecumseh 

St. Mark's 

Manitou 

Pentalpha 

McCallum 

Huron 

Prince Edward 

Waterloo 

Signet 

Keystone 

Corinthian 

Victoria 

Guelph 

Harris 

Mount Sinai 

Excelsior 

St. James 

Wellington 

St. John's 

Bruce 

Palestine 

Niagara 

Georgian 

King Hiram 

Pembroke 

Suasex-St. Lawrence 

Granite 

York 

Havelock 

Willson 

St. Paul's 

The Malloch 

Enterprise 

Maitland 

Grimsby 

Prince of Wales 

Keystone 

Erie 

Beaver 

St. Clair 

Mount Nebo 

Occident 

Minnewawa 

Orient 

Ark 

Aylmer 

Shuniah 

Ionic 



Kingston 

Hamilton , 

London 

Toronto 

London 

Hamilton 

Belleville 

Toronto 

Sarnia 

Ottawa 

Woodstock 

St. Catharines 

Brantford 

Prescott 

Simcoe 

Stratford 

Trenton 

Collingwood 

Oshawa 

Dunnville 

Goderich 

Picton 

Gait 

Barrie 

Whitby 

Peterboro 

Port Hope 

Guelph 

Ingersoll 

Napanee 

Colborne 

St. Marys 

Chatham 

Cobourg 

Petrolia 

St. Thomas 

Niagara-on-the-Lake . 

Owen Sound 

Port Colborne 

Mattawa 

Brockville 

Almonte 

Toronto 

Kincardine 

Welland 

Toronto 

Seaforth 

Palmerston 

Kemptville 

Grimsby 

Amherstburg 

Stirling 

Ridgetown 

Strathroy 

Milton 

Niagara Falls 

Toronto 

Parkhill 

Toronto 

Windsor 

Aylmer 

Port Arthur 

Orangeville 



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Fourth Wednesday . 

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Fourth Friday 

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First Tuesday 

Fourth Thursday. . . 

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Third Friday 

Second Friday 

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Second Tuesday. . . . 
Third Thursday. . . . 

Fourth Friday 

Third Tuesday 

Fourth Friday 

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Third Monday 

Third Tuesday 

Third Monday 

Third Thursday 

Second Tuesday. . . . 

Second Friday 

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Second Friday 

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Second Friday 

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First Friday 

Fourth Thursday. . . 

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Third Thursday. . . . 

Third Friday 

Second Friday 

Third Monday 

Fourth Wednesday. 

First Monday 

First Thursday 

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First Tuesday 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 
CHAPTER RETURNS TO 31st DECEMBER, 1947 



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J. M. Reid 

H. R. Iuantrill 

E. G. Kerby 

Fred H. Davis 

A. N. Irvine 

W. E. Ogg 

Donald L. Winn 

A. I. Tongue 

Wm. Henderson 

W. F. Thorn 

Geo. W. Middleton. . . 

W. E. Thompson 

J. Wath 

A. J. Smith 

R.J. Winter 

H. H. Thompson 

C. D. Beckett 

John Lewis 

R. Chas. Brushett 

John L. Good 

Fred Harrison 

Archie D. Leitch 

W. J. Rowney 

J. H. Hughes 

Walter J. Jannaway . 

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Wm. Hawkins 

R. J. Hyland 

G. Marshall 

H. B. Hardy 

A. W. Gillespie 



T. N. Clarke 

J. H. Forbes 

Jas. A. Elgie 

R. J. Gray 

A. Cavanagh 

John E. Grady 

L. C. Pattrick 

Stanley G. Tinker.. . 

W. W. Simpson 

F. A. McDiarmid. . . . 

Alex Wishart 

A. E. Coombs 

R. W. E. McFadden. 

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W. F. Tyrrell 

Geo. S. Atkins 

N. M. Sprague 

R. H. Davidson . . . . 

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F. R. Darrow 

H. McCartney 

F. C. Ackert 

G. O. Smith 

J. N. R. Thomas . . . 

D. Miller 

Mark P. Wickett 

R. M. Finlay 

L. L. Mansfield 

E. J. Walters 

S. E. Turpin 

J. W. Durr 

L. H. Veale 

W. S. Cooper 

Robert M. Story 

K. S. Woodward 

F. W. Epps 

H. C. Irwin 

C. F. Rogers 

H. H. Betts 

Harry Acton 

E. J. Lee 

C. M. Platten 

R. J. Kincaid 

C. E. Griffin 

R. W. Longmore. . . . 

Keith McLean 

R. G. Barton 

I. M. Anderson 

G. B. Lipsitt 

H. H. Courtney .... 

T. W. Solmes 

Thos. E. Armstrong. 

W. G. MacVicar 

R. B. Galbraith 

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CHAPTER RETURNS 



Name of Chaptei 



Lebanon 

MacNabb 

Golden 

Toronto-Antiquity. 



Midland 

Tuscan 

Algonquin. . . 
St. John's. . . 
White Oak. . 
Warkworth. . 
St. John's. . . 
Covenant — 
Bonnechere. . 

Brant 

Maple 

Kitchener. . . 
King Cyrus. . 

Elliott 

Chantry 

Amabel 

Leeds 

St. Francis . . 
King Darius. 

Succoth 

Shekinah 

Fort William. 



Glengarry 

Preaqu'Ile 

The St. Patrick. . 

Bernard 

Lucknow 

St. John's 

Atwood 

London 

Lauren tian 

Alberton 

Sombra . 

Klondike 

Ancaster 

Madoc 

The Beaches 

Lome 

Kichikewana . . . 

Ionic 

Temiskaming. . . 
The Hamilton... 
Hugh Murray. . . 

Peel 

Couchiching. . . . 

Cobalt 

Victoria 

Kitchener 

Mount Sinai. . . . 
Northern Lights. 

Vimy 

Mimico 

St. Alban's 

Prince Edward. . 

Ulster 

Lebanon 

Durham 



Where Held 



Wingham . 
Dresden. . 
Kenora. .. 
Toronto. . 



Lindsay 

Sudbury 

Sault Ste. Marie. . . 

North Bay 

Oakville 

Warkworth 

Morrisburg 

Cornwall 

Renfrew 

Paris 

Carleton Place .... 

Kitchener 

Leamington 

Mitchell 

Southampton 

Wiarton 

Gananoque 

Smiths Falls 

Cannington 

Uxbridge 

Toronto 

Fort William 

Maxville 

Brighton 

Toronto 

Listowel 

Lucknow 

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London 

Pembroke 

Fort Frances 

Wallaceburg 

Dawson City, Y.T. 

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Madoc 

Toronto 

West Lome 

Midland 

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New Liskeard 

Hamilton 

Fort Erie North. . . 

Brampton 

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Cobalt 

Thornhill 

Russell 

Toronto 

TImmins 

Inwood 

Mimico 

Toronto 

Shelbume 

Toronto 

Lambton Mills. . . . 
Durham 



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GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

CHAPTER RETURNS 



No. 


Name of Chapter 


Where Held 


Regular Convocation 


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Ottawa 




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Abitibi 






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First Monday 


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Perth 


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Halton 






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Third Friday 


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Nilestown 


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Second Wednesday 









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172 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

LIST OF CHAPTERS— BY DISTRICTS 



ST. CLAIR DISTRICT, NO. 1 

Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Alvin Ross Bourne, 
858 Erie Street East, Windsor, Ontario. 



No. 

47. Wellington Chatham 

71. Prince of Wales.... Amherstburg 

73. Erie Ridgetown 

80. Ark Windsor 

88. MacNabb Dresden 



No. 
119. 
153. 
164. 
239. 
250. 



King Cyrus Leamington 

Sombra Wallaceburg 

Lome West Lome 

Blenheim Blenheim 

Thomas Peters Windsor 



LONDON DISTRICT, NO. 2 

Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. George Thomas Edward Martin,- 
36 Duchess Avenue, London, Ontario. 



No. 

3. St. John's London 

5. St. George's London 

15. Wawanosh Sarnia 

53. Bruce Petrolia 

54. Palestine St. Thomas 

74. Beaver Strathroy 

78. Minnewawa Parkhill 



No. 

81. Aylmer Aylmer 

150. London London 

214. Vimy Inwood 

238. The St. Andrew London 

242. St. Paul's Lambeth 

247. Nilestown Nilestown 

252. Hiawatha Sarnia 



WILSON DISTRICT, NO. 3 

Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Jay Leslie Churchill, 
34 Burwell Street, Paris, Ontario. 



No. 

18. Oxford Woodstock 

20. Mount Horeb Brantford 

23. Ezra • Simcoe 



No. 

41. Harris Ingersoll 

115. Brant Paris 

253. Regal Port Dover 



WELLINGTON DISTRICT, NO. 4 

Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. James Allan Robertson, 
81 Arthur Street, Guelph, Ontario. 



No. 

32. Waterloo Gait 

40. Guelph Guelph 

67. Enterprise Palmerston 

83. Ionic Orangeville 

117. Kitchener Kitchener 



No. 

218. Prince Edward Shelburne 

221. Durham Durham 

234. Halton Georgetown 

245. Preston Preston 



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173 



HAMILTON DISTRICT NO. 5 

Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Peter Angus MacDougall, 
39 Arkell Street, Hamilton, Ontario. 



No. 

2. The Hiram Hamilton 

6. St. John's Hamilton 

76. St. Clair Milton 

104. White Oak Oakville 

155. Ancaster Ancaster 



No. 

175. The Hamilton Hamilton 

224. Keystone Hamilton 

236. Caledonia Caledonia 

243. McKay Stoney Creek 



HURON DISTRICT, NO. 6 

Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Dalton LeRoy Reid, 
21 Crombie Street, Seaforth, Ontario. 



No. 

24. Tecumseh Stratford 

30. Huron Goderich 

46. St. James St. Marys 

63. Havelock Kincardine 

66. The Malloch Seaforth 



No. 
84. Lebanon Wingham 

129. Elliot Mitchell 

130. Chantry Southampton 

146. Bernard Listowel 

147. Lucknow Lucknow 



NIAGARA DISTRICT, NO. 7 

Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Albert Jarvis, 
13 Depot Street, Grimsby, Ontario. 



No. 

19. Mt. Moriah St. Catharines 

29. McCallum Dunnville 

55. Niagara Niagara 

57. King Hiram Pt. Colborne 

64. Willson Welland 



No. 

69. 

76. 
184. 
240. 



Grimsby Grimsby 

Mount Nebo .... Niagara Falls 

Hugh Murray Fort Erie N. 

Smithville Smithville 



TORONTO EAST DISTRICT, NO. 8 

Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Maurice Arthur Searle, 
9 Brookmount Road, Toronto, Ontario. 



No. 

4. St. Andrew & St. John 

Toronto 

8. King Solomon's Toronto 

62. York Toronto 

65. St. Paul's Toronto 

79. Orient Toronto 

185. Succoth Uxbridge 



No. 

145. The St. Patrick Toronto 

163. The Beaches Toronto 

205. Victoria Thornhill 

217. St. Alban's Toronto 

225. Beaver Toronto 

235. Aurora , Aurora 

241. University Toronto 



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GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

TORONTO WEST DISTRICT, NO. 8a 



Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Charles William Emmett, 
181 Clendenan Avenue, Toronto, Ontario. 



No. 

77. Occident Toronto 

91. Toronto-Antiquity Toronto 

138. Shekinah Toronto 

195. Peel Brampton 

212. Mount Sinai Toronto 

216. Mimico Mimico 

219. Ulster Toronto 



No. 

220. Lebanon Lambton Mills 

230. Port Credit Port Credit 

231. The St. Clair Toronto 

232. King Cyrus Toronto 

233. Oakwood Toronto 

246. Humber Weston 



GEORGIAN DISTRICT, NO. 9 

Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Herbert Clowes Irwin, 
2306 - 4th Avenue West, Owen Sound, Ontario. 



No. 

27. Manitou Collingwood 

34. Signet Barrie 

56. Georgian Owen Sound 



No. 

131. Amabel Wiarton 

167. Kichikewana Midland 

198. Couchiching Orillia 



ONTARIO DISTRICT, NO. 10 

Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. William Carman Blackwell, M.D., 
22 Cambridge Street, Lindsay, Ontario. 



No. 

28. Pentalpha Oshawa 

35. Keystone Whitby 

36. Corinthian Peterboro 

37. Victoria Port Hope 

45. Excelsior Colborne 

48. St. John's Cobourg 



No. 

94. Midland Lindsay 

110. Warkworth Warkworth 

134. King Darius Cannington 

168. Ionic Campbellford 

249. Palestine Bowmanville 



PRINCE EDWARD DISTRICT, NO. 11 

Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Anthony Elias Holmes, 
Box 337, Napanee, Ontario. 



No. 

7. The Moira Belleville 

26. St. Mark's Trenton 

31. Prince Edward Picton 

44. Mount Sinai Napanee 



No. 

72. Keystone Stirling 

144. Presqu'Ile Brighton 

161. Madoc Madoc 

227. Quinte Friendship ....Belleville 



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175 



ST. LAWRENCE DISTRICT, NO. 12 

Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. James Neil MacMillan, 
184 King Street East, Gananoque, Ontario. 



No. 

1. Ancient Frontenac & Cataraqui 
Kingston 

22. Grenville Prescott 

59. Sussex-St. Lawrence, Brockville 



No. 
68. Maitland Kemptville 

112. St. John's Morrisburg 

113. Covenant Cornwall 

132. Leeds Gananoque 



OTTAWA DISTRICT, NO. 13 

Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Morton Webster Rogers, 
8 Allan Street, Carleton Place, Ontario. 



No. 

16. Carleton Ottawa 

61. Granite Almonte 

114. Bonnechere Renfrew 

116. Maple Carleton Place 

133. St. Francis Smiths Falls 

143. Glengarry Maxville 



No. 

148. St. John's Vankleek Hill 

151. Laurentian Pembroke 

210. Kitchener Russell 

222. Ottawa Ottawa 

226. Prince of Wales Perth 

248. Dochert Arnprior 



ALGOMA DISTRICT, NO. 14 

Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Charles Fotheringham, 
Box 164, Dryden, Ontario. 



No. 

82. Shuniah Port Arthur 

90. Golden Kenora 

140. Ft. William Ft. William 



No. 

149. Atwood Rainy River 

152. Alberton Ft. Frances 

U.D. Golden Star Dryden 



NEW ONTARIO DISTRICT, NO. 15 

Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. William Robertson Stewart, 
Box 352, North Bay, Ontario. 



No. 

58. Pembroke Mattawa 

95. Tuscan Sudbury 



No. 

102. Algonquin Sault Ste. Marie 

103. St. John's North Bay 



TEMISKAMING DISTRICT, NO. 16 

Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. George Edward McKelvie, 
Box 225, New Liskeard, Ontario. 



No. 

169. Temiskaming ....New Liskeard 

203. Cobalt Cobalt 

213. Northern Lights Timmins 



No. 

223. Abitibi Iroquois Falls 

251. Kirkland Kirkland Lake 



YUKON TERRITORY DISTRICT, NO. 17 

Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. John R. Fraser, 
Dawson City, Yukon Territory. 

No. 154 Klondike Dawson, Y.T. 



176 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

SUSPENSIONS, 1947 



Chapter No. 

2. James H. Garbett, Walter Taylor, 

4. Frederick Andrews. 

5. H. M. Dagley. 

6. E. Barlow, G. W. Montgomery, Wm. Russell. 
16. M. Giroux, E. G. Pritchard. 

19. R. S. Hall, J. McMahon, 0. J. Clemen, R. Robson. 

23. M. Hazen. 

24. G. C. Biddle, B. R. Gregory, L. R. Rosenburger, S. R. Stevenson, 
L. Ireland. 

28. Wm. Guttsell. 
30. N. McNarty. 

34. Wm. E. Harvey. 

35. W. D. Barnes. 

37. V. E. Corbett, S. E. Paisley, C. G. Mercer, P. R. Martin, R. Hodgson, 

W. S. Zealand. 
40. Clarence Kelso. 
45. James McGregor. 
55. James Laughton, R. F. Pyette. 

62. John Sharp. 

63. E. F. Hartyn. 

68. Bert. Ferguson, J. C. Ferguson, G. P. McMullen, K. I. Mitchell, 
Geo. E. Board, Geo. W. Davis, H. F. Corr, Harold London, M. C. 
Wilkins. 

74. Jack Burger. 

75. Wm. Findlay, L. F. Sharpe. 

76. John Black, Geo. Campbell, C. E. Drewey, G. N. Gardiner, Bert. 
Gibbs, H. A. Lamb, G. Laundy, Wm. F. McAleese. 

77. E. J. Parmiter. 

78. R. L. Leslie, F. Glover. 

79. J. W. Bain. 

81. M. S. Todd. 

82. J. H. Brownridge, J. Dury, T. L. Ettinger, J. Gillies, D. J. Kring, 
H. Sime, Jacob White, David Watson. 

84. J. A. Coombs, R. R. Elliott, Ed. Manners, G. D. Fowler. 

91. J. B. McAvoy, P. Baker, A. C. Wagner, Walter Smith. 

95. O. J. Clement, N. D. Morrison. 
104. Donald Bell. 
112. Orville S. McEwan. 
119. Sinclair Gunn. 
138. J. A. Chamandy, Frank Chamandy, Wm. Geo. Cook, Chas. M. 

Watson. 
140. John Armstrong, Harold Jackson, D. M. Haltby, Murdo MacLeod, 

F. W. Hagel. 
145. G. H. Allen, T. H. Boyd, W. J. Bird, Allen Jennings, F. H. Hodgkiss. 

147. Gillespie Elder. 

148. Chas. H. Swerdfager. 

149. Chas. Lucas. 
163. Chas. Laycock. 
203. Bert Jones. 
227. L. R Poulin. 

230. E. H. Tooke, A. T. Field. 

236. W. T. Starr, C. W. T. McBurney. 

249. Wm. Albert Shane. 



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RESTORATIONS, 1947 



Chapter No. 

3. Edmond Thomas Edworthy. 

4. George Learn. 

5. Everett Betchen. 

6. Robert Sharp. 

7. John Robinson Burgess. 
29. Leonard W. Dawson. 
32. James E. Sault. 

37. Thomas V. Tweed. 

45, Wm. W. Mutton, Howard Swain, C. A. Wilson. 

53. H. B. Edward. 

54. W. J. Vail, Alex. Rose. 
59. Albert Munro. 

63, Clarence H. Blackwell, James B. Ritchie. 

64. Thos. H. Lewis. 
68. Joseph A. Sparks. 
71. H. G. Taylor. 

73. Frank Magee 

75. S. Henson, H. Dixon. 

78. Morris Murdy. 

80. E. P. Anderson, C. H. Walters, D. B. Greig, J. B. Macon, John Sale. 

91. Charles M. Chandler. 

114. Hilliard Guest. 

129. T. E. Henry, J. A. Machan. 

140. J. L. Quirk, A. E. Hainsworth, C. A. Olsen, F. W. Hagsl. 

146. T. G. Hamilton, Wm. S. Donaldson. 

147 J. W. Reid. 

150 Isaac Siskind. 

161, J. W. Hickey. 

16P. Clarence B. Williams. 

16 r . C. R. Connors. 

198. Alexander H. McLean. 

221. H. A. Doubt. 

222. Wm. 0. Dickthorne. 

224. David Donaldson, F. C. Rilett. 

225. T. R. Hunter. 
231. C. E. Pooley. 

240. C. A. Grassie. 

241. J. M. Childerhose. 
247. G. T. Martin. 



178 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

SCRIBES E. OF CONSTITUENT CHAPTERS, NAMES AND 
ADDRESSES, 1948. 
Chapter No. 

1. T. N. Clarke, 173 Macdonnell St., Kingston, Ont. 

2. J. Herbert Forbes, 24 Hyde Park Ave., Hamilton, Ont. 

3. Jas. A. Elgie, 907 Lome Ave., London, Ont. 

4. Robert J. Gray, 142 Essex Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

5. A. Cavanagh, 585 St. James St., London, Ont. 

6. John E. Grady, 85 Balmoral Avenue South, Hamilton, Ont. 

7. L. C. Pattrick, 228 Dufferin Ave., Belleville, Ont. 

8. Stanley G. Tinker, 75 Kingsmount Pk. Rd., Toronto, Ont. 

15. W. W. Simpson, c/o City Hall, Sarnia, Ont. 

16. F. A. McDiarmid, 357 Waverly St., Ottawa, Ont. 

18. Alex. Wishart, 514 Princess Street, Woodstock, Ont. 

19. A. E. Coombs, 197 Church St., St. Catharines, Onl. 

20. R. W. E. McFadden, 4 Hart St., Brantford, Ont. 

22. E. A. Cook, Preseott, Ont. 

23. Wm. F. Tyrrell, 240 Kent St., Simcoe, Ont. 

24. Geo. S. Atkins, 257 Ontario St., Stratford, Ont. 

26. N. M. Sprague, 103 Shuter Street, Trenton, Ont. 

27. R. H. Davidson, Box 366, Collingwood, Ont. 

28. N. W. Purdy, 386 King St. W., Oshawa, Ont. 

29. James Loggie, Box 116, Dunnville, Ont. 

30. F. R. Darrow, Box 277, Goderich, Out. 

31. Hilton McCartney, Box 684, Picton, Ont. 

32. F. C. Ackert, 1 Lincoln Avenue, Gait, Ont. 

34. G. O. Smith, 232 Elizabeth Street, Barrie, Ont. 

35. J. Norman Thomas, Box 203, Whitby, Ont. 

36. D. Miller, 312 Boswell Ave., Peterboro, Ont. 

37. Mark P. Wickett, Box 808, Port Hope, Ont. 
40. R. M. Finlay, 42 Central St., Guelph, Ont. 
41.. Lyle L. Mansfield, Box 815, Ingersoll, Ont. 

44. Ernest J. Walters, Box 224, Napanee, Ont. 

45. S. E. Turpin, Box 361, Colborne, Ont. 

46. J. W. Durr, St. Marys, Ont. 

47. L. H. Veale, 175 Thames St., Chatham, Ont. 

48. Sherman Cooper, 275B Division Street, Cobourg, Ont. 

53. Robert M. Story, Petrolia, Ont. 

54. K. S. Woodward, 45 Redan St., St. Thomas, Ont. 

55. F. W. Epps, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. 

56. Herb. C. Irwin, 2306-4th Avenue W., Owen Sound, Ont. 

57. C. F. Rogers, Box 1052, Port Colborne, Ont. 

58. N. N. Setts, 38 - 3rd Ave., Ottawa, Ont. 

Mail to A. I. Tongue, Mattawa, Ont. 

59. Harry Acton, 13 Maple St., Brockville, Ont. 

61. E. J. Lee, Box 355, Almonte, Ont. 

62. C. M. Platten, 203 Vaughan Road, Toronto, Ont. 

63. R. J. Kincaid, Box 149, Kincardine, Ont. 

64. C. E. Griffen, R.R. No. 5, W-elland, Ont. 

65. Robert W. Longmore, 117 Armadale Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

66. Keith M. McLean, Seaforth, Ont. 

67. R. G. Barton, Box 212, Palmerston, Ont. 

68. I. M. Anderson, Kemptville, Ont. 

69. Gordon B. Lipsitt, Grimsby, Ont. 

71. Herbert H. Courtney, Amherstburg, Ont. 

72. Thos. W. Solmes, Court House, Belleville, Ont. 

73. Thos. E. Armstrong, Box 326, Ridgetown, Ont. 

74. W. G. MacVicar, Strathroy, Ont. 



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Chapter No. 

75. Robert B. Galbraith, Box 275, Milton, Ont. 

76. John R. Weare, 1855 Ferry St., Niagara Falls, Ont. 

77. Jas. T. Gilchrist, 468 Gladstone Ave., Toronto 4, Ont. 

78. J. O. Brazell, R.R. No. 8, Parkhill, Ont. 

79. J. W. Wright, 849 Broadview Ave., Apt. 11 Ya, Toronto, Ont. 

80. Godfrey Gale, 1095 Bruce Ave., Windsor, Ont. 

81. K. McDermott, Box 534, Aylmer, Ont. 

82. S. H. Green, 43 Prospect Avenue, Port Arthur, Ont. 

83. Adam L. Hartmier, Box 203, Orangeville, Ont. 

84. M. T. Somers, Box 428, Wingham, Ont. 
88. M. S. Blackburn, Dresden, Ont. 

90. J. F. Bellamy, 712 Fourth Avenue South, Kenora, Ont. 

91. R. Somerville, 127 Garden Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

94. Charles L. Davidson, 58 Kent St. W., Lindsay, Ont. 

95. Percival A. Coates, 107 Pine Street, Sudbury, Ont. 

102. Val. B. Bizley, 217 Albert St., Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

103. B. F. Nott, Box 55, North Bay, Ont. 

104. John G. Hadden, R.R. No. 2, Oakville, Ont. 
110. Oscar B. Phillips, Warkworth, Ont. 

112. Wm. C. Davy, Box 40, Morrisburg, Ont. 

113. Robert M. Armstrong, 104 York St., Cornwall, Ont. 

114. H. Young, Box 874, Renfrew, Ont. 
3.15. H. J. Broughton, Box 402, Paris, Ont. 

116. Lawrence E. Pye, Carleton Place, Ont. 

117. W. R. Cooper, 68 Lancaster St. W., Kitchener, Ont. 
119. Gordon Bloomfield, 10 Howard Ave., Leamington, Ont. 

129. Fred Porterfield, Box 16, Mitchell, Ont. 

130. H. Yates, Port Elgin, Ont. 

131. S. E. Foster, Box 181, Wiarton, Ont. 

132. W. Clow, Box 383, Gananoque, Ont. 

133. C. A. Bailey, 50 George Street, Smith Falls, Ont. 

134. K. C. Mark, Cannington, Ont. 

135. V. M. Hare, Box 322, Uxbridge, Ont. 

138. James Reidford, 25 Brookside Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

140. Frank Ryder, 214 Mclntyre St., Port Arthur, Ont. 

143. W. S. McLean, Maxville,Ont. 

144. Chas. A. Wilson, Brighton, Ont. 

145. E. H. Pratt, 996 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ont. 

146. Harry Sargent, Listowel, Ont. 

147. Rev. J. W. Stewart, Lucknow, Ont. 

148. H. A. Wilkes, Maxville, Ont. 

149. Wm. Hirst, Box 7, Rainy River, Ont. 

150. A. E. Selwey, 1003 Lome Ave., London, Ont. 

151. C. W. Fraser, 426 McKay Street, Pembroke, Ont. 

152. F. B. Blakely, Fort Frances, Ont. 

153. John Burnett, 444 Duncan St., Wallaceburg, Ont. 

154. John R. Fraser, Dawson, Y.T. 

155. John McNiece, Dundas Hereford Farms, R.R. No. 3, Dundas. 
161. Edwin T. Nayler, Madoc, Ont. 

163. Ed. E. Ritcey, 21 Beechview Crescent, Toronto, Ont. 

164. A. Smith, West Lome, Ont. 

167. J. M. H. McGuire, Penetanguishene, Ont. 

168. Wm. H. Brady, Campbellford, Ont. 

169. George E. McKelvie, Box 225, New Liskeard, Ont. 
175. W. J. Shaw, 36 Grant Ave., Hamilton, Ont. 

184. John A. Bell, Box 631, Fort Erie North, Ont. 

195. R. W. Hall, Jr., 235 Queen St. West, Brampton, Ont. 



180 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Chapter No. 

198. H. K. Maynard, 109 Front Street S., Orillia, Ont. 

203. Frank H. Todd, Box 549, Cobalt, Ont. 

205. Herbert A. Sparks, 417 Elm Road, Toronto, Ont. 

210. A. Walker, Box 180, Russell, Ont. 

212. Max Cooper, 32 Ardmore Rd., Toronto, Ont. 

213. A. E. Humphries, Box 114, Timmins, Ont. 

214. Foster W. Smith. R.R. No. 1, Alvinston, Ont. 

215. F. B. Rogers, 11 Elma Street, Mimico, Ont. 

217. J. A. Mackie, 319 Manor Rd. E., Toronto, Ont. 

218. T. Ivan Edwards, Box 123, Shelburne, Ont. 

219. Robt. A. Boddy, Room 217, 74 King Street E., Toronto, Ont. 

220. W. M. Creech, 4245 Dundas St. W., Toronto, Ont. 

221. Harold McKecknie, Box -10, Durham, Ont. 

222. A. H. McKee, 145 Paterson Avenue, Ottawa, Ont. 

223. J. R. Spence, Box 125, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 

224. J. S. Drysdale, 800 Cannon St. E., Hamilton, Ont. 

225. John Charles Day, 186 Hamilton St., Toronto, Ont. 

226. L. V. Wood, R. R. No. 4, Perth, Ont. 

227. W. M. Barlow, 285 George St., Belleville, Ont. 

230. E. S. McNeice, Box 277, Port Credit, Ont. 

231. Leslie J. Colling, 268 Wright Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

232. Wm. Steggles, 201 Pacific Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

233. Alex. McD. Hannah, 167 Albertus Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

234. E. L. Arnold, Box 26, Georgetown, Ont. 

235. Herbert Stocks, Box 8, Aurora, Ont. 

236. A. T. Lang, R.R. No. 3, Caledonia, Ont. 

238. A. V. Sedgwick, 194 Duchess Ave., London, Ont. 

239. G. C. Rutherford, Box 8, Blenheim, Ont. 

240. S. Magder, Smithville, Ont. 

241. N. W. J. Haydon, 564 Pape Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

242. G. U. Howell, Lambeth, Ont. 

243. John H. Lee, Stoney Creek, Ont. 

245. Alex. P. Hertel, 588 Hamilton Street, Preston, Ont. 

246. W. G. Leyland, 217 Lambton Avenue, Weston, Ont. 

247. John Johnson, R.R. No. 8, London, Ont. 

248. Archie S. McLaren, Box 764, Arnprior, Ont. 

249. L. W. Dippell, Bowmanville, Ont. 

250. Maurice W. Honeyman, 2005 Iroquois, Windsor, Ont. 

251. R. McLenaghan, 5 Duncan Ave., Box 620, Kirkland Lake, Ont. 

252. R. A. Bond, 408 Wellington St., Sarnia, Ont. 

253. E. Hind, Port Dover, Ont. 

U.D. Chas. Fotheringham, Box 164, Dryden, Ont. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 181 

FIRST PRINCIPALS OF CONSTITUENT CHAPTERS, NAMES AND 

ADDRESSES, 1948. 

Chapter No. 

1. L. N. Armstrong, 14 Sydenham Street, Kingston, Ont. 

2. Charles West, 72 Wexford Avenue South, Hamilton, Ont. 

3. Robt. Carter, Ilderton, Ont. 

4. Theodore Snow, 58 Superior Avenue, Mimico, Ont. 

5. E. E. Hopper, 24 Prospect Avenue, London, Ont. 

6. Chas. Pepper, 29 Leland Street, Hamilton, Ont. 

7. R. L. Orr, 8 Benjamin Street, Belleville, Ont. 

8. Elmer M. Woolcock, 91 Castleknock Road, Toronto, Ont. 

15. B. W. Street, 313 Christina Street South, Sarnia, Ont. 

16. L. B. Gillespie, 410 Hinton Avenue, Ottawa, Ont. 

18. William J. Ratz, 33 Broadway .Street, Woodstock, Ont. 

19. John Galloway, 40 Linden Street, St. Catharines, Ont. 

20. Peter Worthington, 58 Victoria Street, Brantford, Ont. 

22. A. H. Adams, R.R. No. 1, Cardinal, Ont. 

23. W. Bradfield, 335 Main Street, Simcoe, Ont. 

24. C. Swatridge, 21 West Gore Street, Stratford, Ont. 

26. ~S. A. Weeks, 86 Princess Street, Trenton, Ont. 

27. Norman J. Knuff, 304 Beach Street, Collingwood, Ont. 

28. C. H. Osbourn, 60 McLaughlin Blvd., Oshawa, Ont. 

29. Charles Lundy, Dunnville, Ont. 

30. Thomas Taylor, Goderich, Ont. 

31. W. C. Hick, Picton, Ont. 

32. A. E. Bock, 221 Dundas Street, Gait, Ont. 

34. M. Reid, 239 Glenview Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

35. Wm. Courtney, Whitby, Ont. 

36. J. A. Bradshaw, 678 Bethune Street, Peterboro, Ont. 

37. D. C. Davey, Port Hope, Ont. 

40. C. E. Morgan, 30 Dundas Road, Guelph, Ont. 

41. P. Pedolin, Ingersoll, Ont. 

44. John Craven, Bath, Ont. 

45. W. S. Brown, R.R. No. 4, Colborne, Ont. 

46. John Tanton, St. Marys, Ont. 

47. J. M. Reid, 165 Grand Avenue West, Chatham, Ont. 

48. H. R. Quantrill, 177 Albert Street, Cobourg, Ont. 

53. E. G. Kerby, Petrolia, Ont. 

54. Fred H. Davis, 142 Center Street, St. Thomas, Ont. 

55. A. N. Irvine, R.R. No. 2, St. Catharines, Ont. 

56. W. E. Ogg, 939 - 7th Avenue East, Owen Sound, Ont. 

57. Donald L. Winn, Port Colborne, Ont. 

58. A. I. Torpie, Mattawa, Ont. 

59. Wm. Henderson, 20 King Street East, Brockville, Ont, 
• 61. W. F. Thorn, Almonte, Ont. 

62. George W. Middleton, 3238 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ont. 

63. W. E. Thompson, Kincardine, Ont. 

64. J. Watt, 22 Oakland Avenue, Welland, Ont. 

65. A. J. Smith, 73 Chatsworth Drive, Toronto, Ont. 

66. R. J. Winter, Seaforth, Ont. 

67. H. H. Thompson, 8 Louisa Street, Kitchener, Ont. 

68. C. D. Beckett, Kemptville, Ont. 

69. John Lewis, Grimsby, Ont. 

71. R. Charles Brushett, Essex, Ont. 

72. John L. Good, Stirling, Ont. 

73. Fred Harrison, Ridgetown, Ont. 

74. Arch. D. Leitch, Mt. Brydges, Ont. 



182 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Chapter No. 

75. W. J. Rowney, Milton, Ont. 

7G. J. H. Hughes, 1951 Prospect Street, Niagara Falls, Ont. 

77. Walter J. Jannaway, 510 Lansdowne Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

78. Geo. Portice, R.R. No. 6, Parkhill, Ont. 

79. William Hawkins, 386 Concord Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

80. R. J. Hyland, 1546 Howard Avenue, Windsor, Ont. 

81. Gerald Marshall, R.R. No. 6, Tillsonburg, Ont. 

82. H. B. Hardy, 363 Pearl Street, Port Arthur, Ont. 

83. A. W. Gillespie, Orangeville, Ont. 

84. K. M. MacLennan, Wingham, Ont. 

88. J. B. McKerracher, Erie Street, Ridgetown, Ont. 

90. E. W. Cox, Provincial Gaol, Kenora, Ont. 

91. F. Hatcher, 49 Innes Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

94. M. P. Littner, 39 Kent Street West, Lindsay, Ont. 

95. E. T. Querney, 181 Worthington Crescent, Sudbury, Ont. 

102. T. E. McCracken, 206 Spruce Street, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

103. J. H. Stevenson, 175 Worthington Street East, North Bay, Ont. 

104. Stanley Portch, R.R. No. 2, Oakville, Ont. 
110. Chas. Plant, Hastings, Ont. 

112. C. B. Biscum, Morrisburg, Ont. 

113. Geo. E. McCutcheon, 10 Courtauld's Cottages, Cornwall, Ont. 

114. T. H. Burgess, Renfrew, Ont. 

115. Clifford Naylor, Paris, Ont. 

116. A. J. Illingworth, George Street, Carleton Place, Ont. 

117. F. C. Hewitt, 246 Ottawa Street, Kitchener, Ont. 
119. R. H. Heatherington, R.R. No. 1, Wheatley, Ont. 

129. H. Stacey, West Monkton, Ont. 

130. C. H. Hauser, Port Elgin, Ont. 

131. W. H. Work, Wiarton, Ont. 

132. Gordon R. Gibson, Gananoque, Ont. 

133. W. E. Bennett, 22 Lavine Street, Smiths Falls, Ont. 

134. F. H. Hinchley, Cannington, Ont. 

135. John E. Madill, R.R. No. 2, Uxbridge, Ont. 

138. Ralph Ackerman, 59 Annette Street, Toronto, Ont. 

140. J. W. Looney, 227 West Francis Street, Fort William, Ont. 

143. Milton C. Woods, Maxvill®, Ont. 

144. B. C. W. Pickford, Brighton, Ont. 

145. John Anderson, 15 Earlscourt Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

146. W. M. Henderson, Listowel, Ont. 

147. George W. Joynt, Lucknow, Ont. 

148. D. S. McPhee, Vankleek Hill, Ont. 

149. J. T. Race, Rainy River, Ont. 

150. N. Bohanan, 29 Kensington, London, Ont. 

151. G. B. Schultz, Westmeath, Ont. 

152. C. L. Sundin, Fort Frances, Ont. 

153. John Stott, 45 Water Street, Wallaceburg, Ont. 

154. Charles H. Chapman, Dawson, Y.T. 

155. John Button, Aneaster, Ont. 
161. D. Armstrong, Millbridge, Ont. 

163. Stewart M. Muir, 27 Albany Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

164. Wilfred Holland, Rodney, Ont. 

167. Victor E. Lawrence, Penetanguishene, Ont. 

168. Walter Nobes, Havelock, Ont. 

169. G. F. Findlay, New Liskeard, Ont. 

175. Douglas L. Ewing, 93 Fairhold Road South, Hamilton, Ont. 

184. Charles H. Foster, Fort Erie North, Ont. 

195. G. W. McClure, R.R. No. 2, Brampton, Ont. 



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Chapter No. 

198. L. A. Prittie, Orillia, Ont. 

203. R. E. Roberts, Cobalt, Ont. 

205. Cecil Charles Mabley, Richmond Hill, Ont. 

210. Fred W. Carr, Winchester, Ont. 

212. Samuel Perlman, 18 Highbourne Road, Toronto, Ont. 

213. R. S. Rayner, c/o Paymaster Mines, South Porcupine, Ont. 

214. Hugh McCracken, Inwood, Ont. 

215. E. T. Baycroft, 980 Lake Shore Road, New Toronto, Ont. 

217. F. H. Wallace, 8 Waller Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

218. J. W. Firth, Shelburne, Ont. 

219. George C. Macdonell, 50 Hatherley Road, Toronto, Ont. 

220. F. A. C. Butler, 4933 Dundas Street, Toronto 18, Ont. 

221. W. S. Hunter, Durham, Ont. 

222. J. S. Abernethy, 920 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa, Ont. 

223. Horace Jones, Box 140, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 

224. Fred Eastwood, 16 Mayflower Avenue, Hamilton, Ont. 

225. A. E. Rapson, 6 Edgewood Avenue, Toronto, Ont 

226. John H. Mather, Perth, Ont. 

227. L. F. Walker, R.R. No. 6, Belleville, Ont. 

230. William Leonard, Cooksville, Ont. 

231. Lewis A. Stiver, 1602 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ont. 

232. Robert Fick, 270 Oak Park Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

233. S. R. Heaps, 10 Mahoney Avenue, Mt. Dennis, Ont. 

234. Campbell Sinclair, R.R. No. 1, Georgetown, Ont. 

235. Robert Cain, Aurora, Ont. 

236. Fred Brown, R.R. No. 2, Caledonia, Ont. 

238. W. G. Chapman, R.R. No. 6, London, Ont. 

239. Gordon Widmever, Leamington, Ont. 

240. William J. McKinnell, Smithville, Ont. 

241. H. A. McCall, 337 Seaton Street, Toronto, Ont. 

242. Harry Lipsit, Delaware, Ont. 

243. E. Stanley Parker, Van Wagner's Beach P.O., Ont. 

245. F. R. Greason, 240 Waterloo Street North, Preston, Ont. 

246. R. E. Dean, 3 Sedan Avenue, Mt. Dennis, Ont. 

247. E. Snelgrove, 724 Layard Street, London, Ont. 

248. Mervyn S. Tripp, Fitzroy Harbour, Ont. 

249. W. G. Pascoe, Bowmanville, Ont. 

250. Fred John Cowell. 321 Gledden Avenue, Riverside, Ont. 

251. W. G. Moore, 76 Tower Street, Kirkland Lake, Ont. 

252. C. W. Harris, 145 Durand Street, Sarnia, Ont. 

253. Leo Challand, R.R. No. 5, Simcoe, Ont. 



184 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



Grand First Principals Z. of the Grand Chapter of 
Canada from 1857 to 1948 



•W. M. Wilson 1857 

•Thompson Wilson „ 1858 

*T. D. Harington 1859-60 

♦John O. Franck 1861-2 

♦T. D. Harington 1863-4-5-C 

7-8-9-70-1 

♦S. B. Harman 1872 

♦C. D. Macdonell 1873 

*Jas. Seymour 1874 

♦L. H. Henderson 1875-6 

♦F. J. Menet 1877-8 

♦Daniel Spry 1879-80 

♦Donald Ross 1881-2 

♦H. Macpherson 1883-4 

♦Thos. Sargant 1885-6 

♦Robt. Hendry, Jr. 1887 

♦R. B. Hungerford 1888-9 

♦J. J. Mason .._ 1890-1 

♦J. E. Harding 1892-3 

♦J. Ross Robertson 1894-5 

♦M. Walsh 1906-7-8 

♦Wm. G. Reid - 1899-1900 

♦Wm. Gibson 1901-2 

♦A. Shaw 1903-4 



♦William Roaf _„ 1905-6 

♦John Leslie i _ 1907-8 

♦George Moore 1909-10 

♦Fred W. Harcourt 1911-2 

♦Daniel F. Macwatt 1913-4 

♦Wm. S. R. Murch 1915-16 

♦A. S. Gorrell, M.D „...1917-8 

♦Wm. N. Ponton 1919-20 

♦H. S. Griffin, M.D 1921 

♦Richard H. Spencer 1922-3 

♦Walter H. Davis „...1924-5 

♦Kenneth J. Dunstan 1926-7 

Edwin Smith 1928-9 

Walter G. Price, D.D.S 1930-1 

♦Chas. W. Haentschel, M.D. - 1932-3 

♦Alexander Cowan 1934 

George L. Gardiner 1935-6 

♦Wm. Y. Mills 1937-8 

Llewellyn F. Stephens 1939-40-42 

♦John M. Empey 1941 

John M. Burden 1943-4 

Reginald V. Conover 1945-6 

Frederick W. Dean 1947-8 



Honorary Past Grand First Principals Z. of the 
Grand Chapter of Canada 



Elected 

♦Henry Robertson 1888 

♦Ki^is Tully 1891 

♦Hugh Murray _ 1903 

Harry H. Watson 1909 



Elected 

♦E. T. Malone „ „..1919 

♦A. T. Freed - 1920 

♦Sir John M. Gibson _ 1922 

Roderick B. Dargavel 1941 



Grand Scribes E. of the Grand Chapter 
of Canada 



♦Thomas B. Harris 1857-73 

♦R. P. Stephens 1874-5 

♦Daniel Spry 1876-7 

♦David McLellan 1878-91 

♦Deceased. 



♦Thomas Sargant ..„ 1892-8 

♦George J. Bennett _ 1899-1915 

♦Henry T. Smith 1916-1928 

Edwin Smith 19^9-1948 



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185 



GRAND REPRESENTATIVES 

AT GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



Grand Chapter 


Name 


Residence 


Alabama 


Robert N. McElhinney 


Toronto 
















A. G. N. Bradshaw 












W. H. Carl McEachern. . , 




Colorado 




Copper Cliff 


Connecticut , 


Harvev J. Milne 


Kingston 














Florida 






Georgia 








F. A. McDiarmid 




Illinois 










Cobalt 




B. F. Nott 






R. W. McFadden 










Kentucky 


A. S. H. Cree, D.D 

Chas. A. Seager, D.D 




Louisiana 




Maine 




Manitoba 






Maryland 


Frank Todd 












Fred W. Dean . 




Minnesota 


Oliver Ellwood 






Sidney F. Smith 




Missouri 


Wm. J. Tow 




Montana 








W. S. M. Enouy.. . 




Nevada 




Kenora 


New Brunswick 


J. W. Plewes 




New Hampshire 






New Jersey 






New South Wales 


R. B. Dargavel 




New Mexico 






New York 












North Carolina 


A. G. Tipper 


Kirkland Lake 


North Dakota 


J. A. M. Taylor 




Nova Scotia 


C. M. Pitts 




Ohio 






Oklahoma 


Ed. Worth 




Oregon 






Pennsylvania 


L. F. Stephens 




Quebec 






Queensland 






Rhode Island 








C. Alex. Sollitt. 


Peterborough 


Scotland 


Alex. MoD. Hannah... 


South Carolina 




Kingston 
Orillia 


South Dakota 


D. C. Patmore. . . 


Tennessee 


A. P. Freed 




Texas 


W. E. Gowling. . . 




Utah 


V. M. Hare. . . 


Uxbridge 
Niagara Falls 


Vermont 




Victoria 




Virginia 


Fred G. Smith . . 




Washington 


Walter G. Price . . 




Western Australia 


Wm. J. Shaw 




West Virginia 






Wisconsin 






Wyoming 


Robert Clark 











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GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



GRAND SECRETARIES 




Albama 

Alberta 

Arizona 

Arkansas 

British Columbia 

California 

Canada 

Colorado 

Connecticut 

Delaware 

District of Columbia 

England 

Florida 

Georgia 

Idaho 

Illinois 

Indiana 

Iowa 

Ireland 

Kansas 

Kentucky 

Louisiana 

Maine 

Manitoba 

Maryland 

Massachusetts 

Michigan 

Minnesota 

Mississippi 

Missouri 

Montana 

Nebraska 

Nevada 

New Brunswick 

New Hampshire. 

New Jersey 

New Mexico 

New South Wales 

New York 

New Zealand 

North Carolina 

North Dakota 

Nova Scotia 

Ohio 

Oklahoma 

Oregon 

Pennsylvania 

Quebec 

Queensland 

Rhode Island 

Saskatchewan 

Scotland 

South Carolina 

South Dakota 

Tennessee 

Texas 

Utah 

Vermont 

Victoria 

Virginia 

Washington 

Western Australia 

West Virginia 

Wisconsin 

Wyoming 

Gen. Grand Chapter 

England- Wales M.M.M. L'ge 



Charles H. Stubinger. . . . 

Harold Bentley 

Harry A. Drachman 

C. D. Hill 

Geo. H. MacKay, G.S.E 

Chester H. Newell 

Edwin Smith, G.S.E 

Harry W. Bundy 

Bliss W. Clark 

Marshall M. Carpenter. 

Aubrey H. Clayton 

Sydney A. White, G.S.E. . 

John B. Phelps 

W. J. Penn, Jr 

Edward H. Way 

Edward E. Core 

Chas. Thomas 

Ross J. Camblin 

H. C. Shellard, G. Reg. . . 

E. Elmer F. Strain 

C. K. A. McGaughey 

Lee W. Harris 

Con vers E. Leach 

T. Sellar Cook: G.S.E.... 

Chas. H. Welden 

Raymond T. Sewell 

Charles G. Williamson. . . 

John H. Anderson 

Sid. F. Curtis 

Ray V. Denslow 

Luther T. Hauberg 

Lewis E. Smith 

E. C. Peterson 

Roy E. Crawford, G.S.E.. 

J. Melvin Meser 

Charles D. McCracken. . . 
Lloyd B. Johnson 

F. R. Sinden 

C. G. Wilhelms 

F.J. Rea 

Millard F. Mckeel Jr 

Walter L. Stockwell 

Harold F. Sipprell 

Mont. C. Hambright 

James A. La thin 

Richard H. Tusant 

John C. H. Kitselman. . . . 
W. W. Williamson, G.S.E. 

S. W. Coulter 

E. M. Wheeler 

Alfred A. Wilson, G.S.E. . 
Geo. A. Howell, G.S.E . . . 

O. Frank Hart 

E. F. Strain 

T. E. Doss 

Frand Oldham 

Bert Atwater 

Aaron H. Grout 

Hy. O. Thomas 

James N. Hellman 

Walter H. Steffey 

Hugh C. Anderson 

W. H. S. White 

Ward A. Rowbottam 

Forest G. Wheeler 

Roscoe R. Walcutt 

T. G. L. Lumley-Smith. . . 



Box 98, Mas. Temple, Montgomery 

212 4th Ave., NE Calgary, Alberta 

Masonic Temple, Tucson, Arizona 

700 Scott St., Little Rock 

Vancouver, B.C., 318 Homer St. 

San Francisco, Rm. 423, Mas. Temple 

582 Dufferin Ave., London, Ont. 

Denver, Rm. 319, Mas. Temple 

Box 388, New Britain, Conn. 

Box 254, Wilmington 99 

Washington, Mas. Temple 

London, W.C., Freemasons Hall 

Box 283, Miami, Florida 

801 Mulberry St., Macon 

Boise, Box 1753 

Springfield, Box 174 

Marion, Masonic Temple 

Bullock Bldg. Atlantic, Iowa 

Dublin, Freemasons Hall 

Topeka, Masonic Temple 

Richmond, Kentucky 

Masonic Temple, Alexandria, La. 

Portland, Mas. Temple 

Winnipeg, Man., 29-161 Langside St. 

Baltimore, Mas. Temple 

Boston, Mas. Temple, Rm. 209 

Owasso 

St. Paul, Masonic Temple 

Meridian 

Trenton 

Helena, Box 896 

Omaha, M.T., 19th and Douglas 

Carson 

Masonic Temple, St. John 

Concord 

Lambertville 

Albuquerque, Box 535 

Sydney, Unity Bldg., 16 Callaug 

New York City, Mas. Hall 

Wellington, Box 1295 

Washington, N.C. 

Fargo 

Box 555 Wolfville, N.S. 

Springfield 

Muskogee, R. 12. Flint Nat. Bk Bldg. 

722E Burnside, Portland, 14 Ore., 

Philadelphia, Mas. Temple 

Montreal, Box 3172 

Box 425 F., Brisbane 

127 Dorence St. Providence, R.I. 

2723 Victoria Ave., Regina 

Edinburgh, 35 Liberton Garden 

Columbia 

Sioux Falls, Mas. Temple 

Nashville,1007th Ave. N. 

P.O. Box 296, Waco 

Salt Lake City, Masonic Temple 

Burlington, Mas. Temple 

Melbourne, 164 Flinders St. 

Richmond, Masonic Temple 

4338 University Bldg., Seattle 5 

Perth, St. George's Terrace 

Shepherdstown 

259 East Wells St., Milwaukee 2 

Box 1543, Casper, Wyoming 

1605-8 East Broad St., Columbus 16 

Ohio 
Mark Masons' Hall, London, W.C. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 



187 



GRAND REPRESENTATIVES 

FROM GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



Grand Chapter 



Alabama 

Alberta 

Arizona 

Arkansas 

British Columbia. . . . 

California 

Colorado 

Connecticut 

Delaware 

District of Columbia. 

Florida 

Georgia 

Idaho 

Illinois 

Indiana 

Iowa 

Ireland 

Kansas 

Kentucky 

Louisiana 

Maine 

Manitoba 

Maryland 

Massachusetts 

Michigan 

Minnesota 

Mississippi 

Missouri 

Montana 

Nebraska 

Nevada 

New Brunswick , 

New Hampshire 

New Jersey 

New South Wales — 



New York 

New Zealand. . . 
New Mexico. . . 
North Carolina. 
North Dakota. . 

Nova Scotia 

Ohio 

Oklahoma 

Oregon 

Pennsylvania. . . 

Quebec 

Quensland 

Rhode Island. . . 
Saskatchewan . . 

Scotland 

South Carolina. 
South Dakota. . 

Tennessee 

Texas 

Utah 

Vermont 

Victoria 



Virginia 

Washington 

Western Australia. 

West Virginia 

Wisconsin 

Wyoming 



Name 



Walter F. Estes 

F. S. Watson 

James Henry Barrett. 

George H. Wright 

Harry H. Watson 

Angus L. Cavanagh. . 

Jule S. Vaughan 

Geo. N. Delap 

Nathaniel D. Rand. . 
Lucien G. Young. . . . 

H.J. Wendland 

T. B. Elfe 

Chas. Hartung 

Fred W. Soady 

William H. Baugh.. . 
E. W. F. Holler 



Roy H. Clossen 

A. Gordon Sulser. . . . 
John W. Armstrong. . 

John G. Fass 

Frank W. Brownell . . 

Gerald M. Pine 

Herman W. Bethe. . . 

Arthur Burke 

J. Arthur Jensen 

Leon S. Lippincott. . . 
Orson H. Swearingen. 
H. T. Cummings. . . . 
John N. McCune. . . . 

Peter Enrietti 

Edgar W. Mair 

Alfred H. White 

Godfrey Pittis 

H. B. Mathews 



Clifford A. McDonald. 
Norman B. Spencer. . . 

William L. Ranville 

W. G. Bandy 

Clifford E. Miller 

G. S. Wright 

George J. Kohler 

William Noble 

Fred A. Purdin 

Samuel Shaw 

Arthur J. Osgood 

J. Shirra, Sr 

Norris G. Abbott 

Lome Johnson 

The Earl of Lauder. . . 
Wm. W. Wannamaker. 

Joseph H. Drury 

R. H. Roney, Sr 

T. H. Morrow 

Herman L. Bauer 

Harry B. Springstead. . 
Allen Grant 



Fitzhugh L. Grimstead'. 

Andrew E. Solberg 

Wm. Henry Berry 

Wilbur H. Cramblett. . 

Oscar E. Peterson 

Mason I. Chapin 



Residence 



Birmingham 

Edmonton 

Douglas 

Fort Smith 

Vancouver 

West Los Angeles 

R2, Colorado Springs 

Hartford 

Wilmington 

Washington 

Bradentown 

Macon 

Payette 

Pekin 

Terre Haute 

Brooklyn 

Coffeyville 

Maysville 

Welsh 

Benton Station 

Winnipeg 

Denton 

Medford 

1721-1 6th St. Port Huron 

Minneapolis 

Vicksburg 

Kansas City 

Drummond 

Kearney 

Winnemucca 

Woodstock 

Plymouth 

Allendale 

Box 2968 N.W., 

Sydney 
Medina 

Box 315 Auckland, CI 
Albuquerque 
Lincolnton 
Fargo 
Halifax 
Cincinnatti 
Oklahoma City 
Medford 
Philadelphia 
Montreal 
Coorparoo 
Providence 

503 Sterling Trust Bldg. Regina 
Lauder, Scotland 
Orangeburg 
Chamberlain 
Newbern 
Dallas 

Salt Lake City, Wash. 
Bradford 
6 Second Ave. East Kew, 

Melbourne, Victoria 
Norfolk 

825 West 70th St., Seattle 
209 Cambridge St., Wembley Pk. 
Wheeling 

316 Oak St., Menasha 
Riverton 



188 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



Index to Proceedings, 1948 



Address of Welcome to Grand Z. from Chapters of Toronto 

and Districts 9-10 

Address of Grand Z , 21-70 

Address of Welcome, Most Ex. Comp. Geo. L. Gardiner 6-7-8 

Amalgamation — Antiquity, No. 91, and Toronto, No. 185, To- 
ronto, Ont 42-43 

Annual Convocation, Where Held 6 

Annual Convocation, 1949 126 

Annual Statement of Receipts of Chapters 117-121 

Appointment of Grand Officers 160-162 

Appointment of Grand Representatives 52-53 

Audited Financial Statement 128-133 

Auditor's Certificate 130 

By-Laws — New and Amendments approved 54 

Chapter Dedicated: 

Willsbn Chapter, No. 84, Welland, Ont 1 

Chapters by District . 172-175 

Chapter at Dryden under Dispensation 42 

Chapters Not Represented 19 

Committee on Benevolence 159 

Communications and Greetings 71-72 

Conference of Canadian Grand Chapters 48-51 

Deaths 149-152 

Dispensations Issued and Rulings 41 

Distinguished Visitors, Received from — 

Grand Chapters: Quebec, Nova Scotia, Connecticut, Massa- 
chusetts, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode 
Island, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, Grand Lodge of 
Canada in the Province of Ontario, R. & S.M., Sovereign 
Great Priory of Canada, Supreme Council 33° A. & A.S.R., 

Order of High Priesthood 4-5 

District Grand Superintendents, Appointed 126 

District Grand Superintendents, Reports of 73-112 

Divine Service 57 

Education and Instruction 51-52 

Exaltations, Gains and Losses 117 

Election of Officers 125 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1948 189 

Executive Committee' — Elected Members : 125 

Executive Committee — Appointed Members 160 

Executive Committee — Benevolence 159 

Executive Committee and Sub-Committees 162-165 

Exemplification of Holy Royal Arch Degree 125 

First Principals of Chapters with Addresses 181-183 

Fraternal Correspondence Appendix 

Fraternal Correspondence — Report Presented and Adopted 154 

Grand Chapter — Opened 4 

Grand Chapter — Officers Present 3 

Grand Chapter — Representatives Present 20 

Grand Chapter— Closed 162 

Grand Representatives 185-187 

Grand Secretaries 186 

Grand Superintendent of District Present 3 

Grand First Principals Since 1857 184 

Grand Scribes E. Since 1857 184 

Guests Convey Greetings 162 

Honours Tendered Distinguished Visitors 6 

Historian Elected 154 

Installation of Officers 160 

Insurance 59 

Invocation 6 

Life Membership Fund 48-116 

Membership 171 

Memorial Service 8 

Minutes of Annual Convocation, 1947, Confirmed 10 

Next Place of Meeting, Ottawa 126 

Notices of Motion — Considered 158-159 

Order of Business at G.Z.'s Discretion 10 

Presentation, Jewels to Members of Grand Chapter, 25 and 50 

years 55-57 

Presentation of Living Past Grand Z.'s 8-9 

Portrait — Most Ex. Comp. Frederick W. Dean Insert 

Report of Committee: 

On Credentials 11-19 

Education and Instruction 153-154 

Lending Library 153-154 

Report and Adoption of Special Committee on: 

Life Membership 154-158 



190 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Report of Executive Committee on: 

Benevolence 124 

Condition of Capitular Masonry 142*147 

Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence 127 

Finance 134-136 

Fraternal Dead 147-152 

Grand Z.'s Address 137-141 

Investments 123 

Printing 122 

Report of Grand Treasurer 113-114 

Report of Grand Scribe E 116-121 

Resolution to Receive Report: 

Fraternal Dead 152 

Resolution to Receive and Adopt Reports on: 

Benevolence 124 

Condition of Capitular Masonry 147 

Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence 127 

Credentials 19 

Education and Instruction 154 

Finance . 137 

Grand Treasurer 114 

Grand Scribe E 121 

Grand Z.'s Address 141 

Investments 123 

Lending Library 153-154 

Printing 122 

Returns of Constituent Chapters — Financial 117-121 

Returns of Constituent Chapters — Statistical 166-171 

Reception of Grand Z.'s Address 70 

Reception of Gand Superintendents' Reports 112 

Restorations 177 

Royal Arch Masons Welcome 10 

Scrutineers of Ballot, Obligated 124 

Schedule of Investments 123 

Suspensions 176 

Scribes E. of Chapters — Names and Addresses 178-180 

Second Day— Thursday, April 29, 1948 125 

Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 45-47-115 

Vote of Thanks to: 

Credentials Committee 159 

Installing Board 160 

Toronto Committees 160 

Scrutineers 159 



FRATERNAL 
CORRESPONDENCE 



REVIEW OF 

GRAND CHAPTERS WITHIN 

THE BRITISH EMPIRE 



ALBERTA 

BRITISH COLUMBIA 

ENGLAND 

IRELAND 

MANITOBA 

NEW BRUNSWICK 

NEW ZEALAND 

QUEBEC 

QUEENSLAND 

SASKATCHEWAN 

SCOTLAND 

VICTORIA 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 



The only Grand Chapters reviewed are those whose Proceedings we have 
received up to the time of publication. 



REVIEW OF 

GRAND CHAPTERS OF THE 

UNITED STATES 



ALABAMA 

ARIZONA 

ARKANSAS 

CALIFORNIA 

COLORADO 

CONNECTICUT 

DELAWARE 

FLORIDA 

GEORGIA 

ILLINOIS 

INDIANA 

IOWA 

KANSAS 

KENTUCKY 

MAINE 

MARYLAND 

MASSACHUSETTS 

MICHIGAN 

MINNESOTA 



MISSISSIPPI 

MISSOURI 

MONTANA 

NEVADA 

NEW YORK 

NORTH CAROLINA 

NORTH DAKOTA 

OHIO 

OKLAHOMA 

PENNSYLVANIA 

RHODE ISLAND 

SOUTH CAROLINA 

TENNESSEE 

TEXAS 

UTAH 

VERMONT 

VIRGINIA 

WEST VIRGINIA 

WISCONSIN 



WYOMING 

The only Grand Chapters reviewed are those whose Proceedings we have 
received up to the time of publication. 



FOREWORD 



"Hours are golden links, God's token 
Reaching Heaven: but one by one 

Take them, lest the chain be broken 
Ere the pilgrimage be done." 



-Proctor. 



"Nae man can tether time or tide", so said Scotia's im- 
mortal bard. It seems but yesterday that we wrote "Finis" 
to our last Review, yet time the relentless like a resistless un- 
remitting stream ticks off the hours, days and months. The 
pendulum swings to and fro marking the passing of time, and 
lo, another year has passed and gone. Important events have 
been chiselled upon the tablets of time during the past twelve 
months and again we take inventory of our achievements. 
Have we progressively advanced, have we remained static, or 
shall posterity remember this as a period of retrogression. 

As we view in retrospect the effort of those nations seek- 
ing to bring order out of chaos, we find little to encourage the 
thought that a true and lasting Peace has been established. 
On the contrary, the long yearned for peace, like a "will-o'-the- 
wisp", seems to evade our grasp despite superhuman efforts 
to settle vexed questions of national boundaries and control. 
Probably never in the world's history have disturbed conditions 
been so general. Even within the confines of our fair Dominion 
we face an unprecedented condition of social and industrial 
unrest. We have strayed like lost sheep — lost in a material- 
istic maze of great cities, huge buildings, modern machinery 
and mass production, tangled in the weeds of so-called efficiency 
and ultra modern institutions. Our people are being poisoned 
by false teachings from many and varied sources — teachings 
heralded and enunciated as new, yet old as the hills and dating 
back to the serpent and the Garden of Eden. Truly the whole 
world seems to have forgotten the eternal verities, yet do we 
see the silver lining in the thought that the age of miracles is 
not yet past. Led by the guiding hand of the Omnipotent One, 
we shall in due time weather this storm and cast aside the 

A 



shackles that bind us to unnatural conditions, and reach forth 
with revived hope, to greet the dawn of a new era of happiness 
and contentment — the advent of a new day that shall establish 
as supreme that Great Power which alone can bring us peace 
and set our feet in that path which leads to greater heights. 

Amid the surge of uncertainties in the outer world Royal 
Arch Masonry continues the even tenor of its ways — a sanc- 
tuary for those who seek rest and repose from the pressure 
of modern life. The Royal Craft has a mission to fulfil and it is 
in the fulfilment of this mission that we find its greatest use- 
fulness. The call for tolerance, kindness and brotherhood is 
more insistent than ever before and the real need of sympathy 
in the stress of everyday affairs becomes more pronounced. 
Let us not be unmindful that it means something to be a Royal 
Arch Mason for our Order stands for ideals, for thinking, for 
character, not in the abstract and general, but in the concrete 
and individual. 

A journey through the realm of Masonry inspires the 
thought that a great revival of interest is being displayed. Al- 
most without exception the Proceedings of Sister Jurisdictions 
inform us of increased membership and interest combined with 
a noticeable advance in the fiscal structure. Perhaps, however, 
it may not be amiss to suggest that an increase in membership 
is not the most accurate yard-stick by which to measure success 
or failure. Our thought in this regard is best expressed in the 
words of M. Ex. Comp. Copeland of Massachusetts, who re- 
minded his Companions that "the great need today is not for 
more men in Masonry, but more Masonry in men". 

Another year has passed, another chapter written, another 
journey ended and naught remains but to take leave of our 
fellow travellers of the Round Table. The journey has been 
pleasant, the silver cord that binds us one to the other has 
been strengthened, the fragrant garlands of friendship have 
become firmly entwined about our pillars, while within our 
gates peace and harmony prevail. And so I bid you adieu in 
the words of Land on — 

"I have no parting sigh to give, 
So take my parting smile." 

GEO. L. GARDINER, P.G.Z., 
Jan. 5, 1948. Historian and Reviewer. 



6 REVIEWS 

ALABAMA 

Newman S. Cryer — Grand High Priest. 

Guy T. Smith — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Twentieth Annual Convocation, held 
in Montgomery, November 18th, 1946. 

Grand Chapter was opened by the Grand High Priest in 
Ample Form followed by the devotional exercises by the Grand 
Chaplain. 

Alabama is to be congratulated on the large number of Past 
Grand High Priests who are still active and regular in their 
attendance, thirteen being present. 

Forty-eight Grand Representatives, including Canada's 
Walter F. Estes were received and officially greeted. 

Many distinguished guests were present headed by a numer- 
ous delegation from the Grand Lodge of Alabama who provided 
an escort for the Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master, 
Grand Council and the Knights Templar also were represented 
as were the Grand Chapters of Mississippi and Texas, all being 
received with the customary Grand Honors. 

M. Ex. Comp. Cryer's address was a very enlightening re- 
port on the year's labor. After a preface in which he extended 
a welcome to those present he spoke on World Conditions and 
reminded his Companions of the challenge to Masonry, but let 
us give you a brief extract — 

"The present world conditions with its rapidly changing ideals 
and its many new philosophies of life, offers Masonry the greatest 
challenge of all times. The Founders of this Great Institution 
laid deep and firm the foundations on which we build; they also placed 
on our Holy Altar The Great Lights of Masonry which contains 
the necessary designs for the erection of the superstructure of our 
edifice, and now to us, who have assumed the leadership, devolves 
the task of correctly interpreting and executing these designs." 

He spoke feelingly of the loss through death with a special 
tribute to the memory of Past Grand High Priest Edward H. 
Wills. 

Appointments and dispensations are fully covered, there 
being nothing of an unusual character in the latter. 



REVIEWS 7 

Among the Grand High Priest's decisions is one to permit 
a Chapter to return an exaltation fee to the widow of a Brother, 
who having paid the prescribed amount was taken ill and died 
before taking his degrees. M. Ex. Comp. Cryer quite properly 
directs the return of the fee. Our only reason for mentioning 
this decision is to draw a comparison with the procedure in 
Canada where an applicant makes no payment until the night 
of his first degree in the Chapter. 

From the report on visitations and conferences it is quite 
evident that the General High Priest was most active in this 
phase of his duty. 

Altogether M. Ex. Comp. Oyer's address proves to be a 
most readable document. 

Owing to the illness of the Grand Treasurer, the Grand 
High Priest appointed Frank A. Gillette as Acting Grand 
Treasurer, and from Comp. Gillette's report we learn that the 
revenue amounted to $5,389.00 with expenses of $2,381.00, and 
total assets of $22,040.00, all of which is indicative of a very 
comfortable financial position. 

Unless we have entirely overlooked them no figures are 
given by the Grand Secretary on the increase or decrease in 
membership, although reading between the lines we are inclined 
to think that Alabama like other jurisdictions has had a suc- 
cessful year in this regard. 

The report, "Foreign Correspondence", is the product of 
P.G.H.P. William W. Waldo. His Foreword is brief but en- 
couraging. He states that of the forty-three Grand Chapters 
under review not one recorded a loss in membership. What a 
change from conditions a few years ago when losses were the 
order of the day and gains a matter for rejoicing. 

Comp. Waldo's Reviews are written to a pattern with the 
same space allotted to each. Canada receives favorable treat- 
ment with a liberal quotation from our Grand Z.'s address and 
a reference to our increase in membership. 

E. F. Yeilding was elected and installed as Grand High 
Priest. Guy T. Smith was invested as Grand Secretary, while 
Frank A. Gillette was confirmed in his appointment of Grand 
Treasurer. 



S REVIEWS 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at 8 o'clock on 
November 18, 1946. 

Canada is well represented in Alabama by Walter F. Estes, 
while Alabama's representative in Canada is Robert W. Mc- 
Elhinney. 

ALBERTA 

R. M. Lamberton — Grand First Principal. 

H. E. Bentley— Grand Scribe E. 

The Thirty-Third Annual Convocation held in Edmonton, 

May 14th, 1947, with M. Ex. Comp. Lamberton presiding. 

It is interesting to note that fifteen Past Grand Z.'s were 
in attendance, which is in marked contrast to our jurisdiction 
where six Past Rulers are all that we can muster. 

Following the opening ceremonies many guests were re- 
ceived and were formally welcomed. These included delega- 
tions from the Grand Chapters of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, 
Ohio, Montana, General Grand Chapter, and of course, our own 
Grand Z., M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean. 

" Twenty-nine jurisdictions were represented by their ac- 
credited Grand Representatives. We note with regret that 
our representative was not among those received. 

Many distinguished visitors from associate bodies were 
officially received and greeted. These included rulers of The 
Red Cross of Constantine, Grand Council, High Priesthood, 
Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Knights Templar, and in 
the place of honour, M. Wor. Bro. A. West represented the 
Grand Lodge of Alberta. 

Mayor H. Ainsley of Edmonton extended a civic welcome 
after which His Honor J. C. Bowen, Lieutenant-Governor of 
Alberta, was introduced and cordially received. 

The address of Grand First Principal Lamberton is intense- 
ly interesting, containing as it does, not only a resume of his 
official acts, but many lofty thoughts and worthwhile sugges- 
tions. After his introductory remarks he paid graceful tribute 
to the Fraternal Dead with a special reference to the deaths 



REVIEWS 9 

of M. Ex. Comps. J. R. Flan, and Walter E. Mercer, closing- this 
section with these beautiful lines — 

"0 Father, grant them Love Divine 
To make this mystic temple Thine, 
When wasting- age and wearying strife 
Have sapped the leaning wall of life. 

"When old age gathers over all 
And the last tottering pillars fall, 
Take the poor dust Thy mercy warms 
And mold it into heavenly forms." 

Dispensations are quoted in detail, but as these are all of 
a purely administrative nature, no comment by this Corre- 
spondent is necessary. 

The Grand Z. refers to the restoration of the Charter of 
one Chapter and the institution of three new Chapters. We 
take this as an indication that the Royal Craft in Alberta, as 
elsewhere, is definitely on the move. This is emphasized by the 
recommendation, that the territory lying" west of the Fourth 
Meridian of Longitude be claimed by the Grand Chapter of 
Alberta following- the action of Grand Lodge in this regard. 
New Chapters will be formed in this additional territory. After 
announcing- his appointments M. Ex. Comp. Lamberton closes 
a very thoughtful address with a word of appreciation for all 
those who assisted during the past year. 

Alberta is divided into four Districts and the reports of the 
Grand Superintendents of these districts are highly entertain- 
ing and provide a clear-cut picture of most encouraging condi- 
tions among the Constituent Chapters. 

From the Grand Scribe E.'s very comprehensive report, 
we learn that Alberta had a net gain of 157 members. 

The Grand Treasurer informs us that receipts were in ex- 
cess of disbursements with a net financial worth of $5,480.19. 

As no submissions were submitted to the Committee on 
Grievances and Appeals that committee's report was brief in 
the extreme. 

The Committee on Benevolence report "no requests for as- 
sistance during the year". It is, however, stated that the 
plentiful times through which we are passing may not con- 
tinue, and it is recommended that funds be retained by the 
Committee against the day when conditions may alter. 



10 REVIEWS 

From an impressive report by the Committee on the Fra- 
ternal Dead we excerpt the following — 

"He has not served who gathers gold 
Nor has he served whose life is told 
In selfish battles he has won; 
Or deeds of skill that he has done; 
But he has served who now and then 
Has helped along his fellow men." 

From the report on the "Condition of Capitular Masonry", 
we learn with interest that a recommendation is made to con- 
sider increasing the minimum exaltation fee to $35.00. This 
correspondent heartily endorses this action and submits that 
one reason that the Royal Craft has not advanced to the extent 
that it should, is due to the fact that it is "too cheap". Prospec- 
tive candidates accept the valuation we place on what we have 
to offer and certainly the fee charged in some sections of 
Canada is anything but impressive. 

The Historical Sketch of the Grand Chapter of Alberta by 
M. Ex. Comp. Dawney, is greatly appreciated by this Corre- 
spondent. In most readable language he carries us from the 
time of its inception to the present date. We tender congratu- 
lations to the M. Ex. Companion on a worthwhile addition to 
our Masonic Library. 

As no Foreword prefaces the Reviews of Sister Jurisdic- 
tions, we turn with avidity to Comp. J. E. Rannard's Review 
of our Eighty-Eighth Convocation. Here we have been gen- 
erously treated to three full pages of note and comment. Noth- 
ing of import seems to have escaped his scrutinizing eye. 
Liberal extracts from our Grand Z.'s address are given, to- 
gether with reference to the work of our various committees, 
not overlooking our Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 
Campaign for $50,000.00. We may say that this Fund is 
progressing most favorably, and within a year our objective 
should be reached. Many thanks for a most friendly and neigh- 
bourly Review. We always enjoy our long-range visits with 
our Masonic Kith and Kin of this fair Dominion. 

Following the election of officers W. A. Irving was duly 
installed Grand First Principal, while Harold Bentley continues 
as Grand Scribe E. 

Calgary was selected as the next place of meeting. The 
Proceedings of Alberta are well printed, readable and enter- 



REVIEWS 11 

taining. A portrait of the Grand Z. embellishes the Proceed- 
ings, together with a biographical sketch of the retiring Grand 
First Principal. 

Our Grand Chapter is represented in Alberta by F. S. Wat- 
son, while our Immediate Past Grand Z., Col. R. V. Conover, is 
honored by carrying the commission of Alberta near our 
jurisdiction. 

ARIZONA 

Harvey F. Tate — Grand High Priest. 

Harry A. Drachman — Grand Secretary. 

The Fifty-Seventh Annual Convocation, held in Phoenix, 
April 15, 1947. 

Grand Chapter having been opened with due ceremony, the 
Grand High Priest tendered a dignified reception to a host of 
honored visitors. Among these we note leaders of Royal 
Arch Masonry, from the Grand Chapters of California, Colo- 
rado, New Mexico, Indiana and Illinois. Strong delegations 
from Knights Templar, Royal and Select Masters and the 
Grand Lodge of Arizona also were presented and formally 
welcomed. Twelve Past Grand High Priests and thirty-six 
Grand Representatives were in attendance and officially re- 
ceived. We regret to note the absence of Canada's representa- 
tive. 

Sixteen pages of the Proceedings are devoted to the Grand 
High Priest's address. After a word of welcome to those 
present, and as a preface to a most inspiring address, M. Ex. 
Comp. Tate spoke to some length on present-day conditions as 
effecting Masonry. 

We quote a few lines taken at random from this scholarly 
dissertation — ■ 

"If we could describe in a few words the general character of 
most men's thinking during the past year it would be indecision and 
readjustment. The months of peace and rehabilitation following 
the war have brought about problems requiring more skill in solv- 
ing than the war itself. The souls of strong men are being tested 
to determine if they can withstand the evil tide. Courage of charac- 
ter and strong leadership is needed by men in places of responsibility 
as never before." 



12 REVIEWS 

"In this democratic country the responsibility for what is happen- 
ing is mine and yours. We must abandon indifference and spend our 
energies in unselfish service to our fellow men. Reform and change 
do not come overnight, it is a slow process of evolution. Each one 
of us must accept our responsibility and act as a leavening in our 
communities, schools, churches, homes, and lodges and prove that 
we are able to keep the faith when others are faltering. There is no 
use to expect a spiritual revival until we admit that there must be a 
change within us." 

"We must listen to the voice of reason coming from men of 
character and honesty. Then we in turn must listen to our con- 
sciences to tell us what is really worth while in this brief span of 
life. There is nothing wrongj with the world today that common 
sense and hard work won't cure." 

In an eloquent tribute to the Fraternal Dead the Grand 
High Priest describes death in these words — 

"Death is a part of life, like evening is a part of day, like 
Autumn is a part of the year, like the closing chapter is a part of 
the entire book. The sky is not complete without the evening star. 
The journey is not made without the end." 

Visitations, dispensations and other official acts are all duly 
recorded. 

In speaking of the "State of the Craft" M. Ex. Comp. Tate 
presented an encouraging report. Among his recommenda- 
tions is one to permit a collective ballot when more than one 
application is to be considered. This, of course, to be subject 
to the approval of all present. 

After referring in glowing terms to the splendid work of 
the Grand Secretary the Grand High Priest concludes a spark- 
ling address with these words — 

"The field is ripe unto the harvest, the opportunities are all 
about us; it is up to you and me to make the most of them." 

Finances as recorded by the Grand Treasurer's report are 
on a solid foundation, receipts $8,632.00, disbursements 
$6,528.00, with a total net worth of $22,104.00. 

The Grand Secretary's report is also most encouraging 
showing a very nice increase in membership. 

The report on "Necrology" pays beautiful tribute to those 
who have answered the last great call. We note these lines — 

"Leaves have their time to fall, 

Flowers wither at the north wind's blast, 
And stars to set, but all 

Thou has reasons for thine own, O Death." 



REVIEWS L3 

The election of officers resulted in the selection of Alba L. 
Massey as Grand High Priest. Harry A. Drachman was re- 
invested as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

Jas. H. Barrett represents Canada in Arizona, Percy W. 
Rogers plays a similar role for Arizona in Canada. 

ARKANSAS 

William B. Ward— Grand High Priest. 
C. D. Hill-— Grand Secretary. 

The Ninety-Eighth Convocation held in Little Rock, Novem- 
ber 21, 1946, with M. Ex. Comp. Ward presiding. 

Eight Past Grand High Priests were in attendance. 

Grand Representatives were received and fraternally 
greeted. 

Many distinguished guests were present, including John W. 
Hamilton, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Arkansas, 
representatives of Royal and Select Masters and the Knights 
Templar. All were fittingly honored and officially welcomed. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Ward is well worth reading. 
It is at once interesting, illuminative and instructive. 

After a very hearty welcome to all present he had this to 
say about Masonry — 

"Companions, if Masonry stands for anything it stands squarely 
on the fundamental principles of freedom, fraternity and justice. It 
recommends prayer, but does not demand that we pray. It teaches 
tolerance and opposes bigotry. It believes in free press and religious 
liberty. It opposes totalitarianism and encourages democracy. The 
Trojan horse is in our midst and the subversive elements have landed 
on our shores, and are invading, and boring from within in our 
industrial and economic life. This insidious vampire is putting its 
tentacles around our legislative and executive branches of govern- 
ment; it is invading our lodges, schools and churches. We owe it to 
the authors of our Declaration of Independence that this monster 
shall not rob us or our children of the golden heritage our fore- 
fathers fought, bled and died for — Democracy." 

Appointments, dispensations and visitations are dealt with 
in detail. The only comment that occurs to us is that among 



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the dispensations are a number to elect a High Priest from the 
floor. We presume that this indicates that the Companion so 
selected, is not in the line-up of officers. If so, it appears some- 
what strange to us in Canada where the election must be from 
among Companions with experience and qualified by years of 
training in the various junior offices. 

It is noteworthy that Arkansas arrested the Charters of 
seven Chapters during the year. All were inactive. Two Chap- 
ters had their Charters restored. 

Reference is made to a violation of jurisdiction by the 
Grand Chapter of Missouri. We are happy to note that the 
matter has now been amicably adjusted. 

M. Ex. Comp. Ward concludes an excellent address with this 
poetic thought — 

"I sat thinking last night of friendship, 
The quality so rare in man; 
That word often used, more often abused 
By mankind through a whole life's span; 

"I dreamed of an ideal friendship 

Of a life growing sweet and calm, 
When a man served friends, not selfish ends 
And the lamp and I smoked on." 

The Grand Treasurer's report indicates that finances are 
on a sound basis with receipts in excess of expenditures and 
investments in War Bonds totalling $4,400.00. 

From the Grand Secretary's report we secure a clear-cut 
picture of administrative conditions, the outstanding feature 
being a very heavy increase in membership. May we tender 
felicitations on a splendid year. 

We are constrained to quote this lovely poem from an im- 
pressive report on Necrology — 

"We had a friend, indeed we have a friend 
Who graduated from earth today, 
His going a commencement, not an end, 
He laid aside his work and slipped away, 
Away as Winter lowered in the West, 
To some fair spring, on some unending quest, 
For he was seeker on the paths of love and light, 
And all the lovely ways of doing good, 
His was the undimmed vision of a youth, 
With wisdom of a seasoned Brotherhood. 
He went accredited as one who trod 
The dutsy roads of life with men and God." 



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J. 0. Lane was elected and duly installed Grand High Priest, 
while C. D. Hill was re-elected to the important post of Grand 
Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

Geo. H. Wright is our faithful representative in Arkansas, 
while our Grand Third Principal, A. G. N. Bradshaw, carries 
the commission of Arkansas in Canada. 

BRITISH COLUMBIA 

Edward T. Searle— Grand Z. 

George Hugh Mckay — Grand Scribe E. 

The Twenty-Ninth Annual Convocation was held in New 
Westminster, June 18, 1947. 

M. Ex. Comp. Searle opened Grand Chapter in Ample Form. 

B. C. was fortunate indeed in having seventeen Past Grand 

Z.'s present. Our Grand Chapter musters but seven Past 
Rulers, but they are all very active. Thirty-five Sister Juris- 
dictions were represented by their duly accredited Grand 
Representative with the veteran M. Ex. Comp. Harry H. Wat- 
son answering for our Grand Chapter. 

Distinguished guests included Dr. Dalzell, Grand Z. of 
Manitoba, W. A. Irving, Grand Z. of Alberta, and a delegation 
from the Grand Chapter of Washington. All were accorded 
Grand Honors and seated in the Grand East. After an address 
of welcome by the Mayor of New Westminster, Comp. W. M. 
Mott, the Grand Z. delivered his annual address. 

We always enjoy reading the addresses of the Rulers of the 
Royal Craft in British Columbia, and M. Ex. Comp. Searle's 
address is no exception to the rule. Inspirational, informative 
and impregnated with worthwhile thoughts the address com- 
pels the reader's interest. After a friendly greeting to those 
present, he referred to the Convocation as another milestone 
on the path of Grand Chapter, but let us quote his own words — 

"A time when we have taken stock of our position, evaluated 
our progress, noted our weaknesses and done something; to fortify 
our strength. So may it be this year." 



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Under the caption of "Fraternal Dead" he spoke feelingly 
of the passing of a number of Companions with a special tribute 
to the memory of M. Ex. Comp. E. P. Allen. Visitations to 
other jurisdictions are mentioned in detail. But four dispen- 
sations were sought and all were granted. It is noteworthy 
that one was for the institution of a new Chapter, which is 
always an indication of the progress of the Royal Arch. Fra- 
ternal visits to Constituent Chapters are set forth and from 
the Grand Z.'s comments, we note that he was loyally received 
and royally entertained. 

It is interesting to learn that British Columbia has success- 
fully launched a Bulletin under the title of "The Key stone". 
We, in our Grand Chapter, have found our little publication, 
which we call the "Banner", well received and appreciated by 
our membership. This Correspondent would appreciate a copy 
of "The Keystone". After paying a generous tribute to the 
Grand Superintendents, the Past Grand Z.'s and the Grand 
Scribe E., the Grand Z. closes an outstanding address, thus- — 

"Mankind is a long, long way from the City of God; that temple 
of God in humanity which we, and all men of good will who are 
our fellow travellers, are striving to erect upon earth. But we are 
moving toward it, and if we, and those who follow us, are steadfast 
and faithful, the time will surely come when, as Isaiah said, 'the 
• knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth, as the waters cover 
the sea'." 

"Dark is the road, and oft, in travail sore, 

Our faltering footsteps stumble, and we stray 
In devious by-ways; yet there shines a Light 
To guide and cheer us with its heavenly ray. 

Then to our wearied spirits comes a Word, 
Down wafted from angelic choirs above; 

And in our greatest need a ghostly Grip 
Renews our faith in Him whose law is Love. 

The fiscal affairs of B.C. appear sound with a bank balance 
of $4,303.00, and investments of $7,600.00. 

The summary of membership as recorded in the Grand 
Scribe E.'s report reveals a very active advance with a healthy 
increase. 

As we read the entertaining reports of those painstaking 
and zealous representatives of the Grand Z., the Grand Super- 
intendents of Districts, we are impressed by the almost uniform 
reference to increased interest, attendance and enthusiasm. 



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These reports provide a splendid pen-picture of conditions 
throughout the jurisdiction, which is supplemented by the 
report of Grand Registrar J. J. Miller, who devotes space to 
an introduction of "The Keystone", which apparently has been 
presented under most favorable auspices. (Best wishes for 
the success of the new publication.) 

We cannot permit the opportunity to pass for a comment 
on the annual Resolution of Loyalty to His Most Gracious 
Majesty the King, his Royal Consort and the Princesses Eliza- 
beth and Margaret Rose. This, in the opinion of this Corre- 
spondent, is one of the highlights of British Columbia's Pro- 
ceedings. 

After weeks of reviewing Grand Chapters of the United 
States to read this resolution and note the singing of God Save 
the King, is to feel that our lengthy Capitular journey is ended 
and again we are home. The loyalty of British Columbia is 
traditional and commands our admiration and respect. 

And now we come to the "piece de resistance" of the Pro- 
ceedings, the Capitular Review, from the pen of one of our most 
gifted writers, M. Ex. Comp. J. J. Miller. His Foreword is 
bright and cheery dealing with encouraging conditions in the 
realm of Masonry. He speaks of the growing tendency toward 
District Meetings, which, by the way, is general practice in our 
jurisdiction as is also the custom here of confining Divine 
Service and Masonic funerals to the Craft Lodge. We have 
read Comp. Miller's Reviews in their entirety and may say with 
the utmost frankness, that he has no cause to ask for generous 
treatment on account of what he terms his "short-comings". 
We could, without difficulty, bring blushes to his manly cheek 
by continuing "ad infinitum" to extol the excellence of his 
Reviews, but will content ourselves by saying that he has set 
a lofty standard that we would fain reach. 

The Mother Chapter of Canada, as usual, is treated most 
graciously. Our 1946 Convocation is fully reported with liberal 
extracts from our various reports and here and there interest- 
ing comments by the Reviewer. He gives generous space to 
our Grand Z.'s address and overwhelms us with the friendly 
comments on our last Review. We are inclined to think that 
our long range friendship is causing him to view our humble 
efforts through the proverbial rose-colored glasses. We more 



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than appreciate your kind words, J. J., and suggest that some 
day, in the not too distant future, we may surprise, or perhaps 
shock you by a visit to your sun-kissed province. In conclusion, 
let us say that it has been a pleasure, yes, a delight, to spend 
this evening reviewing British Columbia. 

Following the election of officers Edgar B. Baker was duly 
installed as Grand Z. and George Hugh Mackay was again in- 
vested as Grand Secretary. 

Our Jurisdiction is most capably represented in B.C. by 
Harry H. Watson, while John L. House of Toronto, carries the 
B.C. commission near our Grand Chapter. 

CALIFORNIA 

Roy J. Sheldon — Grand High Priest. 

Chester H. Newall — Grand Secretary. 

The Ninety-Third Annual Convocation, held in San Fran- 
cisco, April 18, 1947, with M. Ex. Comp, Sheldon presiding. 

The United States Flag was presented at the altar under 
a Knights Templar escort. 

Visitors were fraternally greeted from the Grand Lodge of 
California, Grand Council and Grand Commandery. Delega- 
tions were present from the Grand Chapters of Arizona, Ne- 
vada and Idaho. 

After the roll of Earthquake and Fire Survivors of 1900 was 
called the Grand High Priest delivered a most inspirational ad- 
dress. From his introductory remarks the following is of 
interest — 

"As we embrace the peace our sons fought and died for, we seem 
to be in a haze or fog through which we pray the Light of God will 
finally penetrate and give the peoples of the world the peace and 
plenty, the liberties and freedoms that only faith and understanding 
can procure, and jealousy, greed, and lust for power will be no more, 
but that love of service by people, of people, and for people will be 
the compelling influence in all creatures whom God has created." 

Referring to conditions within the jurisdiction M. Ex. Comp. 
Sheldon stated that the majority of Chapters were progress- 
ing and showing increased attendance. He spoke of many 
feature meetings during the year, and made special reference 



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to the open-air meetings held once each year in two Chapters. 
This should be most interesting- and is something entirely new 
to Canadians. 

The Grand High Priest lists his appointments and speaks 
of granting dispensations for the formation of two new Chap- 
ters. He makes many recommendations, among these one to 
create an Advisory Committee composed of Past Grand High 
Priests to assist the Grand High Priest. We should say that 
in Canada, such a committee has been functioning for some- 
time and our Grand Z.'s have found it most helpful. 

Under the caption "Necrology", M. Ex. Comp. Sheldon pays 
tribute to the Fraternal Dead, with a special reference to the 
passing of three Past Grand High Priests, including M. Ex. 
Comp. Thomas A. Davies, who until his death, filled efficiently 
and well the office of Grand Secretary. We, in Canada, have 
known M. Ex. Comp. Davies through the medium of our corre- 
spondence and are shocked to hear of his demise. We tender 
deepest sympathy to our friends in California on the passing* 
of this beloved and outstanding craftsman. 

M. Ex. Comp. Sheldon records his visitations and dispensa- 
tions in an addenda to his address proper. Fifty odd pages 
are required for this purpose and a perusal of his visits clearly 
indicates that he gave most generously of his time and talents 
in the performance of this duty and in the furtherance of the 
best interests of Royal Arch Masonry. He concludes a sterling 
address with these words — 

"Today, we view a confused world after victoriously concluding 
a bitter war in which many of us paid a terrible price to win. 
Today Masonry stands as it has for generations, as a bulwark of 
Truth, Justice, Freedom, and Liberty. Today, as in past generations, 
we, as Masons, must stand to and abide by the teachings we have 
received and perform our civic and patriotic duties, and persuade 
others to do so, in upholding the motto of our Order — "Holiness to 
the Lord." 

The report of the Grand Treasurer records receipts as $20,- 
531.00, expenditures of $17,683.00, with total assets of $112,- 
143.00, an increase of $3,000.00 over the previous year. 

Grand Secretary Newall reports a net gain of 1,759 mem- 
bers, which is a remarkable record considering a death loss of 
461 and withdrawals totalling 305. 



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It is worthy of note that fourteen Past Grand High Priests 
and forty-three Grand Representatives answered the roll call 
at this Convocation and were all officially received and greeted. 

California has a Committee on "Explanatory Lectures for 
Candidates". This Committee performs a most useful func- 
tion and we, in Canada, should carefully consider the work that 
is being done toward stimulating interest in candidates by pro- 
viding what are termed "Preview Lectures" of the different 
Capitular degrees. 

William T. Paullin writes the Capitular Review, and as 
usual, does so in a most masterly manner, and we commend to 
our readers from a Foreword that provides delectable reading 
the following which is but a meagre sample of Comp. Paullin's 
Foreword — 

"Moral principles have been reiterated down through the ages. 
History reveals that in the field of human relations mere intellectual 
belief in such principles is of scant value. Great thinkers have 
dreamed of the Ideal State, but it has not as yet become an actuality. 
Teaching" moral maxims is not enough. Their expression in deeds 
and their embodiment in character is imperative. 

"Masonry, as such, may not have a direct voice in the Councils 
of Nations, but our individual practice of Brotherly Love, even out- 
side of our closed Halls, doubtless would have a benevolent, even 
infectious, influence for good in the future of Humanity." 

Turning with avidity to his Review of Canada we find that 
we have been well treated in a courteous and friendly reference 
to the highlights of our 1946 Convocation. Statistics are well 
covered and there is little of moment that has escaped his 
scrutinizing eye. He even finds space for a most generous 
reference to our last Review and suggests that we efficiently 
covered all the Chapters under review. Thanks for your kind 
comments, Comp. Paullin. We find your Reviews most inspir- 
ing and it surely is a labor of love to review California. 

Glenn W. Gurtner having been elected Grand High Priest 
was formally installed into that high and important office. 
Chester H. Newall was elected and invested as Grand Secretary. 

Angus L. Cavanagh faithfully represents Canada in Cali- 
fornia, while H. C. McEachern is California's representative 
near our Grand Chapter. 



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COLORADO 

Clyde T. Knuckey— Grand High Priest. 
Harry W. Bundy — Grand Secretary. 

The Seventy-Second Annual Convocation, held in Denver, 
September 19, 1946, with M. Ex. Comp. Knuckey in the chair. 

Following the opening ceremonies and prayer by the Grand 
Chaplain, Thirty-Eight Grand Representatives were received, 
and accorded the usual courtesies. Eleven Past Grand High 
Priests were in attendance. Among the guests received with 
honors were delegates from the Grand Chapters of Nebraska, 
Kansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming. Associate Bodies repre- 
sented were the Grand Commandery Knights Templar and the 
Grand Lodge of Colorado. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Knuckey has a decided attrac- 
tion for this Correspondent. It is not too lengthy, but the 
Grand High Priest has crowded into a few pages much infor- 
mation, many worth-while thoughts and indicates to the reader 
that he is a man of deep thinking and scholarly attainment. 
After his opening remarks he has this to say about Masonic 
degrees — 

"The Capitular Degrees are as beautiful, as instructive, and as 
impressive as any in Masonry. All Masonry is based on the Symbolic 
Lodge, and, in turn, the foundation is to be found in the Entered 
Apprentice Degree. 'To be good and true is the first lesson we are 
taught in Masonry.' What more is needed to constitute the really 
good man? All else is taught is additional to this basis. It would 
be time well spent to endeavour to draw out the more hidden parts 
of the work so that every member would endeavour to interpret their 
meanings. There is untold wealth in every part- of the work, if we 
would only give some thought to it." 

In a kindly manner he refers to the passing of many old 
friends and pays special tribute to the memory of Past Grand 
High Priest Walter R. Lewis. 

He refers to a number of degrees conferred in Colorado at 
the request of other jurisdictions. He enumerates his dispen- 
sations, which, by the way, appear devoid of interest to an out- 
sider and he records in detail his visits among the Chapters of 
Colorado. A number of changes among the Grand Represen- 
tatives are also reported by the Grand High Priest. He brought 
message on the "Condition of the Craft" and 



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concludes his address with well-merited praise for the work 
of the Grand Secretary, the Grand Lecturer and other officers. 

The report of the Grand Treasurer makes interesting read- 
ing, the outstanding feature being receipts of $5,586.00, ex- 
penditures of $4,635.00 and total assets of $12,649.00. 

From the Grand Secretary's membership statement we note 
a splendid increase in membership despite a loss of One Hun- 
dred and Sixty through death. 

It has been the practice of Grand Chapter to contribute a 
per capita tax of five cents to the Benevolent Fund of the 
Grand Lodge of Colorado. Owing to the change of set-up in 
respect to the Grand Lodge Benevolent Fund Grand Chapter 
repealed that section of its Constitution providing for this 
annual grant to Grand Lodge. 

The report on Correspondence was written and ably written, 
too, by Charles F. Banzhaf, Jr. His Foreword was brief in the 
extreme. He presents his Reviews in a skilful manner and 
states that they are mostly excerpts which the Committee con- 
sider "words of wisdom, grains of truth, and sparks of 
activity." 

Turning to Canada we find the Review prefaced by these 
sage comments to which we add a fervent amen. 

"May I suggest we keep brightly burnished the golden chain of 
genuine friendship, tolerance and mutual regard, stretching along 
the borders of our lands. May our two nations, the youngest in 
worldly experience, as lights shining in darkness to a terrified world, 
press forward side by side as the example of complete harmony by 
which this weary world may yet find faith and ultimate peace, the 
real desire of the peoples of all nations." 

Canada is carefully reviewed with comments on our recent 
ruling regarding the conferring of the Past Master's Degree. 

Following the election of officers Melbern M. Neihardt was 
installed as Grand High Priest. The Proceedings are embel- 
lished by a portrait of the new Grand High Priest, and from 
the biographical sketch on the opposite page to the portrait, 
we learn much about the character and activities of M. Ex. 
Comp. Neihardt. 

A perusal of this sketch leaves this writer with the thought : 
"Here is a man I should like to know." It seems superfluous 



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to add that Harry W. Bundy was re-elected Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

Jule S. Vaughan has faithfully represented Canada in 
Colorado for a number of years. Colorado's representative 
in Canada is Albert E. Bryson. 

CONNECTICUT 

Walter Berger — Grand High Priest. 
Bliss W. Clark — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Forty-Eighth Annual Convocation, 
held in Hartford, May 14, 1946, with M. Ex. Comp. Berger in 
the Chair. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form, with prayer by 
the Grand Chaplain, followed by the colorful ceremony of pre- 
senting the Flag. 

Fifteen Past Grand High Priests were present and received 
the customary welcome. 

Distinguished visitors were present from surrounding 
Grand Chapters, these included Maine, New Hampshire, Mas- 
sachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Associate 
bodies represented were Knights Templar, Grand Council, and 
Grand Lodge, the latter being officially represented by Grand 
Master Earle K. Haling. It is needless to say that all received 
a warm fraternal greeting. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Berger was splendidly com- 
piled, not fulsome, not stinted, but a clean-cut report on the 
year's activities combined with some wholesome comments on 
conditions generally. In his opening remarks he extended a 
gracious welcome to all present and in speaking of world con- 
ditions he referred to the close of the "Shooting War". By this 
we assume that he means that while hostilities have ceased 
the verbal battle around the Peace Tables still wages merrily 
on, Dispensations, decisions and appointments all find a place 
in the report, none of which merit comment from this Corre- 
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Visitations are set forth in detail and a perusal of this sec- 
tion clearly indicate that the spirit of good fellowship prevails 
throughout the jurisdiction. 

Under the caption of "Candidates", the Grand High Priest 
gave some very illuminating figures, which to say the least, do 
not appear encouraging. During the period from 1929 to 1944 
the loss in Chapter membership was 40 per cent compared 
with Lodge membership loss of 25 per cent. May we suggest 
that many Grand Chapters recorded a loss during that period, 
but since 1944 the great majority of jurisdictions are showing 
healthy increases, some abnormally so. Under the circum- 
stances we predict that our friends in Connecticut will have 
more comforting news in 1945-1946 and 1947. 

This very complete report closes with a word of praise for 
the Grand Secretary, Past Grand High Priests and others 
whose support was greatly appreciated by M. Ex. Comp. 
Berger. 

Connecticut differs from Canadian Grand Chapters in that 
all of the officers in line furnish a written report and these 
provide very interesting reading. 

The fiscal report indicates a carefully protected budget with 
total assets of $13,860.00. 

Despite the comments of the Grand High Priest we note the 
Grand Secretary reports a fairly encouraging increase in mem- 
bership. 

Among the Amendments to the Constitution adopted, is one 
that makes it obligatory for all of the Grand Officers to visit 
Constituent Chapters and report on conditions. In Canada this 
is accomplished by the formation of districts and a Grand 
Superintendent is elected to carry out and report on the work 
of inspection. 

While Connecticut appoints M. Ex. Comp. Bliss W. Clark as 
Correspondent, we find no record of a report on this important 
phase of our work. 

Russell W. Potter was elected and installed as Grand High 
Priest, Bliss W. Clark was re-elected Grand Secretary, while 
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George N. Delap, who, having served in that capacity for 
twenty-two years, declined re-election. As a mark of apprecia- 
tion he was appointed Grand Treasurer Emeritus. 

Connecticut is represented in Canada by Harvey J. Milne, 
while the veteran George N. Delap is our representative in 
Connecticut. 

DELAWARE 

Harvey W. Bentley — Grand High Priest. 

Marshall M. Carpenter — Grand Secretary. 

The Seventy-Ninth Annual Convocation, held in Wilming- 
ton, January 15, 1947. 

Grand Chapter was opened by M. Ex. Comp. Bentley with 
sixteen Past Grand High Priests in attendance. Many Grand 
Chapters and Associate bodies were represented. These in- 
cluded the Grand Chapters of New York, Pennsylvania, District 
of Columbia, Virginia, New Jersey, and Maryland, following 
which we find distinguished Craftsmen from the Grand Lodge 
of Delaware, Grand Council, Knights Templar and the Scottish 
Rite. All were fittingly honored and warmly welcomed. 

The Grand High Priest's address, while containing all the 
essentials of a yearly report, is refreshing and straight to the 
point in all its details. He has an impressive tribute to the 
dead including those of Sister Jurisdictions. 

During his term of office the Grand High Priest visited the 
Annual Convocations of eight other Jurisdictions, many Chap- 
ters in his own territory and found time to attend a number 
of meetings of other Masonic bodies. 

A number of worth-while recommendations were made, one 
of which is to abolish the office of Deputy Grand High Priest. 
This Correspondent agrees with this recommendation, feeling 
that a Deputy for the Grand High Priest is akin to a fifth 
wheel to a coach. This recommendation, by the way, was 
adopted by an amendment to the Constitution. M. Ex. Comp. 
Bentley brings his valedictory to a close with well-merited 
words of commendation for the efforts of the Grand Secretary 
and other officers. 



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John McMillan, as Grand Treasurer, presented the fiscal re- 
port which, considering' the size of the jurisdiction, appears 
quite sound. 

The Grand Secretary in his report records a net loss of one 
in membership, to use the vernacular of the street it looks as 
though Delaware is just about holding its own. 

The report on Correspondence is brief, the Committee have 
reviewed the Proceedings of the other Grand Chapters and urge 
the Companions of Delaware to set out this year for a 10 per 
cent increase. Let us hope that their objective may be reached. 

At this juncture thirty- three Grand Representatives were 
received and tendered a friendly message for their respective 
jurisdictions. Canada's Representative, N. D. Rand, responded 
to the roll-call. 

At the conclusion of the election of officers William H. 
Cantwell was declared elected Grand High Priest. Marshall M. 
Carpenter continues as Grand Secretary. 

Nathaniel D. Rand faithfully serves as Canada's Represen- 
tative, while George Slack of Toronto gives able representa- 
tion to Delaware in Canada. 

ENGLAND 

The Duke of Devonshire — Acting First Grand Principal. 

Sydney A. White — Grand Scribe E. 

The Supreme Grand Chapter of England convened in 
London, May 7, 1947, with M. Ex. Comp. Rev. A. T. A. Naylor 
acting as First Grand Principal. 

The Grand Chapter was opened in Antient and Solemn 
Form, after which the Committee of General Purposes pre- 
sented the financial statement. 

A record of losses through death was read, and it is regret- 
table that many prominent Craftsmen have passed away since 
the last Convocation of Grand Chapter. 

Petitions were received for the formation of nine new 
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in England Chapter membership is limited to small numbers 
in comparison with Canadian and American Chapters. The 
resignation of the Second Grand Principal, General Sir Francis 
Davies was received. Sir Francis held the office for eleven 
years. 

The Duke of Devonshire being qualified was installed as 
the successor to Sir Francis Davies. 

The other officers elected and appointed were duly invested 
according to antient custom. The Second Grand Principal act- 
ing for the Earl of Harewood, who was not in attendance, then 
closed Grand Chapter in Solemn Form. 

Quarterly Convocation, held August 6, 1947, with the Duke 
of Devonshire acting for the First Grand Principal. After the 
opening ceremonies Grand Chapter was officially informed of 
the lamented death of the First Grand Principal, the Earl of 
Harewood. Six months' mourning was decreed. This consists 
of a black border on all summonses, while the officers of each 
Chapter will wear a black rosette on his collar of office. We, 
in Canada, were greatly shocked to learn of the death of the 
Earl of Harewood and tender to our Masonic Kinsmen our deep- 
est sympathy in their sad loss. 

Petitions for the institution of twenty new Chapters were 
received and formally dealt with. 

In an eloquent tribute to the passing of the First Grand 
Principal the feelings of the Companions were expressed in the 
words of Milton — 

"Nothing is here for tears, nothing to wail, 
Or knock the breast, no weakening, no contempt, 
Dispraise or blame; nothing but well and fair, 
And what may quiet us in a death so noble." 

Before closing the Duke of Devonshire addressed his Com- 
panions and we excerpt the following — 

"We live in a war-torn and worried world, and it is an encourag- 
ing sign when so many seek relief from materialism. A proof of 
this is that so many are turning to Royal Arch Masonry. It is an 
encouraging sign when Companions are seeking belief in those 
higher things which are symbolised by Royal Arch Masonry, and I 
feel sure that this cannot fail to assist in the future well-being of 
our country." 

Grand Chapter was then closed followed by the singing of 
the National Anthem. 



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We regret that our Review is somewhat abridged due to 
the fact that we have only received copies of the two quarterly 
Proceedings mentioned. 

Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England and Wales 

The Earl of Stradbroke — Grand Master. 

Major Sir Thomas Lumley-Smith — Grand Secretary. 

Quarterly Communication, held September 3, 1946, with the 
Deputy Grand Master, Rev. Canon Frederick Halsey on the 
throne. 

After opening Grand Lodge in Due Form the report of the 
General Board was received. Appointments and warrants 
issued were read and confirmed. The Committee on Benevo- 
lence reported that an additional grant of twenty pounds was 
given to each of the brethren who have been receiving grants 
from Grand Lodge. 

Quarterly, December 3, 1946, with the Earl of Stradbroke 
presiding. After disposing of administrative business a report 
of the committee in charge of the New Premises Fund was 
presented. It is noteworthy that approximately six hundred 
thousand dollars has been subscribed for the new temple. 

Quarterly, March 4, 1947. At this communication the Earl 
of Stradbroke was nominated for the office of Grand Master 
and was duly installed therein. The distinguished brother has 
occupied the throne of the Mark Grand Lodge for many years. 
After announcing his appointments and disposing of other 
routine business the Grand Master closed Grand Lodge in 
Ample Form. 

Ouarterlv, held June 3, 1947. After the opening ceremonies 
the Grand Master referred to the death of the Earl of Hare- 
wood, who was at the time of his death, Grand Master of the 
United Grand Lodge and First Grand Principal of the Supreme 
Grand Chapter. After an eloquent eulogy a resolution was 
passed to send a letter to the Princess Royal expressing sym- 
pathy in the death of her distinguished husband. After twenty- 
five years' service on the General Board, R. Wor. Bro. Cleeves 
tendered his resignation as Chairman of the Board. 

Grand Lodge was closed in Ample Form. 



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FLORIDA 

Harry R. Thompson — Grand High Priest. 

John B. Phelps — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundredth Annual Convocation, held in Talla- 
hassee, June 23, 1947. 

At this Convocation Florida celebrated its Centennial and 
the Proceedings are prefaced by a most interesting historical 
sketch of Grand Chapter from its inception to the present day. 
Written by Doak S. Campbell, this story carries the reader 
through the pioneer days with all the vicissitudes of the times 
down through the years linking Masonry's advance with Na- 
tional events that have made history. A gripping story that 
holds the reader's interest from the first to the final paragraph. 

Grand Chapter having been formally opened, eleven Past 
Grand High Priests and thirty-one Grand Representatives were 

officially received. Many distinguished guests were present, 
hailing from Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and 
Arkansas. These represented Royal Arch Masonry, Grand 
Lodge, Grand Council, Knights Templar and other associated 
bodies, all of whom were received with honors and fraternally 
welcomed. 

After an inspiring address of welcome by Honorable Millard 
Caldwell, Governor of the State, the Committee on Necrology 
presented a impressive report on the Fraternal Dead. From 
this graceful tribute we extract these lines — 

"We are the recipients of a blessed heritage, and being so 
richly endowed with innumerable blessings, both God and man expect 
us to use this endowment for His glory, for the betterment of our 
fellow men and for the honor of Masonry." 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Thompson opens with a word 
of welcome followed by a reference to the celebration of 
Florida's Centennial. It is interesting to note that Grand 
Chapter was formed by three Chapters in the City of Talla- 
hassee in 1847, and it seems but fitting that one hundred years 
later Grand Chapter should meet in the same city. 

Owing to a lengthy illness M. Ex. Comp. Thompson was 
unable to make many visitations. 



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To indicate the activity of the Royal Arch, Florida instituted 
a new Chapter during the year. 

After enumerating his dispensations, rulings, appointments 
and recommendations, the Grand High Priest concluded a most 
informative address with words of commendation for the splen- 
did work of the Grand Secretary and other officers. 

The Grand Treasurer, through the medium of his report, 
informs us that receipts were in excess of expenditures, with 
investments in U.S. bonds of $2,580.00. 

From the Grand Secretary we learn that the net gain in 
membership totalled 736 — the interesting part of this comment 
is found in the statement that 135 members were re-instated 
during the year. 

The Fraternal Review was the pen product of G. A. Lambe, 
P.G.H.P. From a most encouraging Foreword we take it that 
M. Ex. Comp. Lambe is most hopeful of the continued advance 
in Royal Arch Masonry. He concludes his Foreword with this 
thought — 

"The Peace of the world can only be founded on the sublime 
principles of our Order in the Fatherhood of God and the Brother- 
hood of Man." 

After reading through the many well-written Reviews, we 
find, with regret, that Canada failed to qualify for a space 
among the other Sister Jurisdictions. Perhaps next year we 
may again come under the attention of the Correspondent and 
be included in his Reviews. 

Loren L. Dilger was elected and installed Grand High Priest, 
while John B. Phelps continues as Grand Secretary. 

H. J. Wendland represents our Grand Chapter in Florida, 
while Kenneth N. Carrie represents Florida in Canada. 

GEORGIA 

B. E. Goodman — Grand High Priest. 

Wm. J. Penn, Jr. — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-Fourth Annual Convocation, 
held in Macon, April 12, 1946, with M. Ex. Comp. Goodman 
presiding. 



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The Grand Chaplain having* delivered the opening prayer, 
Grand Chapter was declared duly opened. A galaxy of Past 
Grand High Priests, eighteen in all, graced the East, while 
thirty-seven other jurisdictions were represented in the persons 
of their duly accredited representativs. Tom B. Elfe, ever 
faithful, answered the call for Canada. 

Among the many visitors we note the presence of the M. 
Wor. Bro. the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Georgia, 
the Grand Master of the Grand Council, the Grand Commander, 
Knights Templar, and the General Grand Master of the General 
Grand Council of the U.S.A. Each of these received a cordial 
welcome and each was asked to address the assembly. 

Owing to the fact that the annual meeting was not held in 
1945, due to wartime restrictions, the report of the Grand High 
Priest was divided into two sections, the first dealing with the 
report of M. Ex. Comp. J. T. Morgan and the second section 
with that of M. Ex. Comp. Goodman. It is with the latter 
report we propose to deal. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Goodman is not lengthy, but 
provides a complete resume of his official acts for the past year. 
He opens with a friendly greeting to those present. He re- 
ferred to a plan which he had devised to make Royal Arch 
Masonry more interesting to the present members and the de- 
velopment of a closer bond of brotherly love and friendship. 
This Correspondent heartily endorses any plan that will assist 
in creating interest and in strengthening the ties of friendship. 

Under Necrology the Grand High Priest paid graceful 
tribute to the Fraternal Dead, both within and beyond the 
borders of Georgia. 

Dispensations were numerous but contain nothing of un- 
usual interest. 

Visitations are fully reported and indicate that good-will 
and good-fellowship abound throughout the jurisdiction. After 
favorable reference to the assistance rendered by the Grand 
Officers and others, M. Ex. Comp. Goodman concludes a very 
business-like report with these words — 

"May God look with an approving eye on the work done and in 
progress and may Capitular Masonry grow and nourish under the 
skilful hands of incoming officers and always merit the approbation 
of the All-seeing Eye." 



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From the Grand Treasurer's report we learn that total 
assets amount to $22,960.00, with a substantial fund for educa- 
tional purposes. Students are loaned money to assist in financ- 
ing their higher education. Truly a splendid work — congratu- 
lations are hereby tendered to our Companions of Georgia. 

The Grand Secretary reports a net gain in membership of 
2,161 — which constitutes a record of which Georgia should be 
proud. 

In a report by the Committee on Jurisprudence, we note 
that it is proposed to penalize Chapters which are in arrears in 
payment of the per capita tax by assessing them an additional 
10 per cent, and further they shall be liable to forfeiture of 
their Charter at the discretion of Grand Chapter. This appeals 
to this Correspondent as a rather vigorous method of dealing 
with this vexed question, and we shall be interested to learn 
just how well it works in practice. 

Pleasant T. McCutchen, P.G.H.P., again presents the report 
on "Foreign Correspondence". His preface is brevity personi- 
fied simply stating that he is presenting his report. Turning 
to his Review of Canada we find full coverage of our 1945 Con- 
vocation. He refers to our Grand Z. as John M. Durden in- 
stead of Burden, but what's in a name, and for the benefit of 
the estimable John we remind him that a rose by any other 
name is just as sweet. Generous excerpts from our Grand Z.'s 
address is given prominence, while liberal space is devoted to 
comments on the work of our various committees. A splendid 
Review of our jurisdiction with a friendly reference to our last 
Review, for which we tender our sincere thanks. As usual, we 
have enjoyed our brief stay by the "correspondence route" in 
Georgia. May we add that we are extremely sorry to learn 
that Comp. McCutchen was absent through illness, but we 
trust that he has long since returned to his accustomed health 
and vigour. 

Since writing this Review we have been greatly shocked to 
learn of the death of M. Ex. Comp. McCutchen. The Round 
Table has lost one of its most able Correspondents. We have 
lost one whom we looked upon as a friend, and Masonry has 
lost one of the brightest jewels in its diadem. We prefer to 
think of him not as dead, but rather as one who has retired to 



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rest from his labors, for Death is but the golden key that opens 
the Temple of Immortality. 

Following the election of officers E. W. Rhoden was elected 
and duly installed as Grand High Priest. The Grand Secretary, 
Wm. J. Penn, Jr., was, as to be expected, returned to office. 

Canada is most capably represented in Georgia by Thomas 
B. Elfe, while Gordon Haywood occupies a similar position in 
Canada for Georgia. 

ILLINOIS 

Stanley N. Wilson — Grand High Priest. 

Edward E. Core— Grand Secretary. 

The Ninety-Second Annual Convocation, held in Chicago, 
October 24, 1946. 

Grand Chapter having been opened in Ample Form, M. Ex. 
Comp. Wilson asked the Grand Chaplain to lead in the devo- 
tional exercises. 

Sixteen Past Grand High Priests graced the proceedings 
by their presence. Grand Representatives were received and 
greeted. Eighteen Companions were presented with commis- 
sions qualifying them to act for Sister Jurisdictions. As to be 
expected, Illinois extended a fraternal welcome to a host of dis- 
tinguished visitors. These hailed from the Grand Chapters 
of Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, and the General Grand Chapter. 
Sizeable delegations were also present from Grand Council, 
Grand Commandery and the Grand Lodge of Illinois. 

The address of the Grand High Priest is worthy of close 
attention. After perusing this address one is prompted to feel 
that he has a fairly intimate knowledge of Royal Arch condi- 
tions in Illinois. M. Ex. Comp. Wilson after a few introductory 
remarks made reference to the loss sustained by Grand Chapter 
through the passing of many beloved Companions. He made 
special reference to the deaths of M. Ex. Comp. Harry L. Kelly 
and other distinguished craftsmen. 

After paying tribute to the splendid service rendered 
through the Masonic Home at Sullivan he proceeded to enumer- 
ate his visits to other Grand Chapters and associate bodies. 



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His visits to Constituent Chapters are merely mentioned in the 
address proper, but are fully set forth in detail in the Addenda 
to the address. 

Twenty-two dispensations were sought and granted, none 
of these, however, were of an unusual character. 

The Grand High Priest refers to the amendment to reduce 
the per capita tax from 75 cents to 50 cents. This is rather 
interesting to this Correspondent who heads a committee for 
the purpose of reviewing the per capita tax in our Jurisdiction. 
The thought in Canada, however, is for an increase rather than 
a decrease. 

The address concludes with words of commendation for the 
line officers, a word of thanks from the Grand High Priest and 
the following lines as a blessing and valedictory — 

"The Lord bless thee, and keep thee; 
The Lord make His face to shine upon thee, 
And be gracious unto thee; 

The Lord lift up the light of His countenance upon thee, 
And give thee peace forever." 

In looking over the financial statement of the Grand Treas- 
urer it is noted that total assets amount to $85,260.00 and 
from the figures quoted one would be inclined to say that Grand 
Chapter's fiscal affairs are on a very solid and comfortable 
basis. 

From Grand Secretary Core's recapitulation on member- 
ship, we learn of a net gain of 901, which is worthy of comment, 
the more so when it is noted that the loss through death was 
791. 

We are constrained to comment on the eloquent tribute paid 
to M. Ex. Comp. Wilson by the Committee on the Grand High 
Priest's address. We quote the closing words — 

"When our spirit grows dim, may the brilliance of the energy and 
zeal therein exemplified rekindle us; when the effort seems useless 
and the road appears difficult, may the spirit in which he served bring 
us the grace necessary to encourage us to follow in such sacrificial 
service. Let us be strong, and forever lay aside our weak and 
selfish complaining, andl go forth to minister in the name of the 
One who said, 'Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of these, my 
brethren, ye have done it unto me'." 



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"Let us not wait 'til a brother is dead 

To dry the sweat from his brow, 
For he hears no eulogies that are said; 
Let's give him his flowers now." 

The report on Obituaries is most impressive and beautifully 
written. It is prefaced by these well known lines — 

"Now is the stately column broke, 
The beacon fire is quenched in smoke, 
The trumpet's silver sound is still, 
The warder silent on the hill." 

and closes with the following — 

"We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; 
In feelings, not in figures on a dial; 
We count the time by heart-throbs. He most lives 
Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best." 

We read with interest the report on ' 'Capitular Activity". 
This is similar to the Canadian report on the Condition of 
Capitular Masonry and provides enlightening information on 
the work of the Subordinate Chapters. 

The address by the Grand Chaplain is an epic and carries 
a compelling interest from start to finish. We should like to 
quote from this priceless dissertation but lack of space prevents 
more than this passing reference. 

And now we come to one of the highlights of the Proceed- 
ings of Illinois, the Capitular Review from the facile pen of 
Everett R. Turnbull. As we read his scholarly Foreward we 
are impressed with his comments on present day conditions. 
He speaks of the close of the war and reminds us that we are 
still searching for that Peace for which the world has paid a 
fearful price. He speaks of the challenge to Masonry and 
leaves this thought with us — 

"Though the course of evil prosper, yet 'tis truth alone is strong; 
Truth forever on the scaffold; wrong forever on the throne; Yet 
the scaffold sways the future, and, beyond the dim unknown; Stand- 
eth God within the shadows, keeping watch above His own." 

A magnificent Foreword, M. Ex. Sir, accept our congratu- 
lations. 

And now we turn to the Review of Canada, where we find 
that we have been served a double portion, as both our 1945- 
1946 Convocations are given generous treatment. Comp. Turn- 
bull gives us full coverage with liberal excerpts from our vari- 



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ous reports. He quotes at length from our Reviews and need- 
less to say we appreciate his favorable and friendly comment. 
In a kindly manner he corrects our impression of the value 
placed on the Past Master's Degree in the United States. We 
stand corrected and must place the responsibility for the state- 
ment on the broad shoulders of an American friend who sup- 
plied what we accepted as authentic information. 

In tendering thanks for a most complete review of our 
Jurisdiction, let us pay tribute to the skill with which M. Ex. 
Comp. Turnbull presents his Reviews. After reading his in- 
spirational Foreword and Reviews we feel that our thanks are 
due to him for a pleasant evening. 

Following the election of officers Louis H. Schneider was 
declared and installed Grand High Priest. Edward E. Core 
continues as Grand Secretary. 

Fred W. Soady represents Canada in Illinois, while the 
veteran J. J. Shelley holds a similar position for Illinois near 
our Grand Chapter. 

INDIANA 

Charles William Allen — Grand High Priest. 
Charles Chalmer Thomas — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and First Annual Convocation, held in 
Terre Haute, October 16, 1946, with M. Ex. Comp. Allen in the 
Chair. After the ceremonial opening the Credentials Commit- 
tee presented a complete report of the attendance. 

It is noteworthy that of twenty-four Past Grand High 
Priests nineteen were in attendance, and of sixty-one Grand 
Representatives on the roll fifty-two were present. This 
appeals to this Writer as a remarkably fine representation. 
As usual Indiana received a host of distinguished visitors, these 
included strong delegations from Grand Council, Grand Com- 
mandery, Grand Lodge and from the Grand Chapters of Illinois, 
Ohio, and Wisconsin. It is needless to say all were fittingly 
received and fraternally greeted. 

Twenty pages in the Proceedings are devoted to the Grand 
High Priest's address. To say that this address is both inter- 



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esting and informative is but a mild expression and hardly 
does justice to this magnificent address. After greeting all 
present in well-chosen words, M. Ex. Comp. Allen stated that 
all branches of Masonry are in a flourishing condition and closes 
this section with these words — 

"This seems to me to be a good omen for, with all of the dissen- 
tion and unrest which are rampant in the world today, the influence 
of the principles which are inculcated by Freemasonry are sorely 
needed in overcoming these unhappy conditions." 

He spoke eloquently of the Fraternal Dead with special 
reference to the loss sustained through the passing of Past 
Grand High Priests Stanley G. Myers, Allan Van Buskirk and 
Roy Edear Tilford. After reporting on appointments to the 
corps of Grand Representatives and enumerating the courtesy 
degrees conferred, he listed his dispensations, these latter all 
covered purely routine matters. 

Many decisions were sought, none of these appear unusual, 
although we are interested to note that a meeting called for 
Sunday was prohibited. This decision appeals to this Corre- 
spondent as sound. Surely with six nights of the week avail- 
able for Masonic work it should not be necessary to labor on 
Sunday, which according to our ritual is set aside as a day of 
rest. 

In closing M. Ex. Comp. Allen pays glowing tribute to the 
assistance rendered by the Past Grand High Priests, the Grand 
Secretary, Grand Treasurer and other officers of Grand 
Chapter. 

The Grand Treasurer's report clearly indicates that finances 
are on a sound basis. Cash in bank $20,542.00, Triennial Fund 
$2,402.00, and investments in Treasury Bonds totalling $26,- 
100.00 are the highlights of the report. 

From the statistical report of the Grand Secretary we learn 
that Indiana records an increase of 1,703 members, which is a 
gain of 7 per cent. 

The Grand Lecturer presented a sterling report, his twenty- 
fifth by the way. A perusal of this report conveys to the 
reader the thought that Comp. Graham has given generously 
of his time and talents in an effort to advance the cause of 
Royal Arch Masonry. 



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From an impressive report on Necrology we quote the fol- 
lowing lines from Grey's Elegy — 

"Full many a gem of purest ray serene 

The dark unfathomed depths of ocean bear, 
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen 
And waste its sweetness on a desert air." 

Grand Secretary Thomas writes the report on Fraternal 
or as it is termed Foreign Relations. This report apparently 
takes the place of Fraternal Reviews and merely indicates that 
Indiana is in communication with sixty-three Foreign Juris- 
dictions and that peace and harmony prevails. 

Following the election of officers, Wilbur Edward Neuen- 
schwander was declared and installed as Grand High Priest. 
Charles C. Thomas again assumes the duties of Grand Secre- 
tary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened in Terre Haute, 
October 16, 1946. 

Canada is ably represented in Indiana by William H. Baugh, 
while Francis Francis of Toronto has the honor of represent- 
ing Indiana near our Grand Chapter. 

IOWA 

Walter E. Gillette— Grand High Priest. 

Ross J. Camblin — Grand Secretary. 

The Ninety-First Convocation, held in Council Bluffs, April 
15, 1947, with M. Ex. Comp. Gillette presiding. 

Following the presentation of the Flag by an escort of ex- 
service men and the opening of Grand Chapter according to 
the prescribed ritual, the Grand High Priest formally welcomed 
a host of distinguished visitors. These hailed from the Grand 
Chapters of Nebraska, Colorado, South Dakota, North Dakota, 
Wisconsin and the General Grand Chapter. Also represented 
in goodly numbers were leaders of Grand Commandery, Grand 
Council and the Grand Lodge of Iowa. Ten Past Grand High 
Priests and forty-seven Grand Representatives were received 
with Grand Honors. 

Fifty-five pages in the Proceedings are required to record 
the address of M. Ex. Comp. Gillette. It proves to be a com- 



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plete summary of his official acts. Opening with a word of 
greeting to those present he proceeds to pay glowing tribute 
to the officers of Grand Chapter, with a happy reference to the 
splendid co-operation of the Grand Secretary. He concludes an 
impressive tribute to the Fraternal Dead with these lines — 

"Companions, beloved, your hearts of gold 
From us no tie can sever. 
Dauntless you leapt to heights untold, 
Dying, you live forever." 

As we read of his many visitations both within and beyond 
his own jurisdiction, we are constrained to say that the Grand 
High Priest gave most generously of his time in the perform- 
ance of this important phase of his official duties. 

After referring to the number of Companions who qualified 
for fifty-year certificates he enumerated his appointments and 
listed his dispensations, these latter were extremely numerous 
and apparently covered mostly routine matters. 

It is interesting to note that one new Chapter was instituted 
and the Charter of another Chapter revoked during the year. 

Under "Condition of the Craft" M. Ex. Comp. Gillette fur- 
nishes a most encouraging report on the progress being made 
by Royal Arch Masonry. He speaks of competition from other 
fraternal and social organizations — this appeals to this Corre- 
spondent as a pretty general condition throughout the realm 
of Royal Arch Masonry. In Canada, we too suffer from such 
competition, but we aim to make our Masonry so interesting 
and attractive that it can successfully meet and hold its own, 
although in some localities this is difficult. 

The Grand High Priest closes an outstanding address with 
these well-known lines — 

"Life is sweet just for the friends we have made, 
And the things which in common we share; 
We want to live on, not because of ourselves, 
But because of the people who care; 
It's giving and doing for somebody else .... 
ON THIS, all life's splendor depends, 

And the joy of this world when you have summed it all up 
Is found in the making of friends." 

The report of the Grand Treasurer clearly indicates that 
fiscal affairs of Iowa are on a comfortable basis with receipts 
well in excess of disbursements and a charity fund of $89,000. 



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From the Grand Secretary's comprehensive report we learn 
that despite a heavy loss through death Iowa records a net 
gain of 647 in membership. 

The Committee on Correspondence lists the various Grand 
Chapters whose Proceedings have been received. The report is 
brief in the extreme and merely quotes the Grand Chapter, 
the date of Convocation, the number of Chapters and the total 
membership. 

Roy J. Eide presented an eloquent report on Necrology from 
which we extract these lines — 

"A little more laughter, a few more tears, 
And we shall have told our increasing years, 
The book is closed and the prayers are said, 
And we are part of the countless dead — 
Thrice happy, if then some soul can say, 
'I live because he has passed my way'." 

After the election of officers Lloyd Rime was duly installed 
as Grand High Priest. Ross J. Camblin was re-invested as 
Grand Secretary. 

Canada is most capably represented in Iowa by E. W. F. 
Holler, while B. F. Nott is Iowa's representative near our Grand 
Chapter. 



IRELAND 

R. Hon. Sir Milne Barbour — Grand King. 

Henry C. Shellard — Grand Registrar. 

Stated Communication, held in Dublin in the months of 
February, May, July and November. 

The following is a quotation from M. Ex. Comp. Barbour's 
Christmas greeting — 

"It must be a great disappointment to many that the old Christ- 
mas message of 'Peace on earth and goodwill towards men' seems 
as yet far from attainment, and that the international attitude of 
mankind is one of vigilant weariness, rather than that of open- 
handed friendship, nor is there that 'freedom from fear' to secure 
which it was proclaimed at one time that the war was being waged." 

The Grand King reported the appointment of various of- 
ficers and Grand Representatives. 



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Chapters of Instruction held during the year in various 
parts of the jurisdiction were well attended and apparently 
productive of much good. 

The reports of the various Grand Superintendents are both 
interesting and complete. From an obituary from one report 
we extract this beautiful thought. 

"Death is only an Horizon, and an Horizon is nothing 
save the limit of our sight." 

The District reports not only from the various counties, 
but also from New Zealand, all indicate that Royal Arch 
Masonry is on the up-grade, enthusiasm and interest abounds. 

Finances of Grand Chapter appear to be in a healthy condi- 
tion with substantial investments in Government securities. 

As we remarked last year in reviewing Ireland, we find 
difficulty in following the usual pattern of such Reviews due 
to the very limited information contained in the printed Pro- 
ceedings. We have scanned the various reports and have to 
be content to select here and there an item of interest. 

We conclude with the following from a letter from M. Ex. 
Comp. Barbour — 

"I am glad to say that Royal Arch Masonry under our Irish 
Constitution continues to prosper, the number of our Chapters is 
increasing, and a large number of new members have been admitted 
during the past year." 

Canada is honored in having as its representative the Grand 
Registrar, H. C. Shellard, while Ireland's representative in 
Canada is R. W. McFadden. 



KANSAS 
Royal Vergades — Grand High Priest. 
Elmer F. Strain — Grand Secretary. 

The Eighty-Second Annual Convocation, held in Wichita, 
February 10, 1947. 

i 

After the formal opening the roll-call of Grand Representa- 
tives resulted in a response by the representatives of forty 
Sister Jurisdictions. Among these we are happy to note Roy H. 
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Visitors were present from the Grand Chapters of Ohio, 
Oklahoma and Colorado. Other guests represented Grand 
Council, General Grand Chapter and M. Wor. Bro. Samuel G. 
Wiles, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Kansas. These, 
together with twelve Past Grand High Priests of Kansas, were 
cordially received and officially welcomed. 

The Grand High Priest's address is couched in eloquent 
terms; is highly informative and contains much food for re- 
flection. After a preface in which he extends a welcome to 
those present, M. Ex. Comp. Vergades launches into a brilliant 
dissertation on Masonry and world-wide conditions. We extract 
a few thoughts — 

"Natural history reveals that this world of ours has undergone 
many changes since its creation. Man likewise was created and 
made part of the Universe. But, unlike other living things, he was 
made in the image of his own Creator. From the very beginning 
man roamed upon the surface of this earth and he is still doing so. 
Man finally discovered God and saw Light. Thus, the birth of 
Masonry, which is a living thing. Its final consummation is the 
work of centuries. It has served the various generations according 
to their needs and standards, and will continue to be a benefactor." 

"Our beloved Country was blessed when its early conquerors 
brought with them the foundations of Masonry from the Mother 
Land — England. One of the beacon lights in the forming of this 
great American Government which guided many of its founders was 
the light of Masonry." 

"Scientific progress has been phenomenal, but I fear it is 
sapping the moral fibre of our characters." 

"What, then, can Royal Arch Masonry do as its share of estab- 
lishing a lasting peace? First, we must have a sincere faith in 
our God. We must have faith in each other, faith in our Order, 
and the things for which it stands. We must teach that faith to 
our present membership and those who are coming into the Order." 

After dealing with appointments and other routine matters, 
the Grand High Priest announced the adoption of a FftynYear 
Gold Button, a number of which were presented eligible Com- 
panions during the year. 

Nineteen dispensations were granted, none of these being 
of an unusual character. After enumerating his many visits 
he refers to the Order of High Priesthood. From his comments 
we learn that membership in that body is not obligatory in 
Kansas, this, by the way, is also true in Canada. 

His report on the ' 'State of the Order" is most encourag- 
ing. He speaks of a numerical increase, but sounds a timely 



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note of warning that this alone is not a true measure of Masonic 
success. 

He closes a magnificient address by quoting from Edwin 
Markham's well-beloved poem, the last verse of which we also 
quote — 

"Come, clear the way, then, clear the way; 
Blind creeds and kings have had their day. 
Break the dead branches from the path; 
Our hope is in the aftermath — 
Our hope is in heroic men, 
Star-led to build the world again. 
To this event the ages ran; 
Make way for Brotherhood — make way for Man." 

The Grand Treasurer's report indicates receipts well in 
excess of disbursements and an investment account of 
$11,000.00. 

No reference is made to membership in Grand Secretary 
Strain's report, but we assume from the Grand High Priest's 
remarks, that Kansas enjoyed a substantial increase in mem- 
bership. 

The report on Necrology is highly impressive and reminds 
us of our individual responsibility in observing the high stand- 
ards of character, which we as Masons, are striving to main- 
tain. 

Although Kansas appoints a Committee on Correspondence, 
a diligent search of the Proceedings fails to locate a report from 
this Committee other than a brief statement to the effect that 
no report had been prepared. It is, however, good news to 
learn that a motion was passed to renew the publishing of 
"Reviews". 

De Witt M. Stiles was elected and installed Grand High 
Priest. The capable Elmer F. Strain was returned to the office 
of Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened in Annual Conven- 
tion on February 11, 1947. 

A. P. Goering represents Kansas in Canada, while Roy H. 
Clossen, as already noted, carries our commission in Kansas. 



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KENTUCKY 

Dr. W. Harry Baker — Grand High Priest. 

Ray G. Tipton — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-Ninth Annual Convocation, 
held in Louisville, October 15, 1946, with M. Ex. Comp. Baker 
presiding. 

After the formal opening and the Invocation by the Grand 
Chaplain the ceremony of presenting the Flag and other patri- 
otic exercises were observed. 

Nineteen Past Rulers of Grand Chapter and fifty-four 
Grand Representatives were in attendance. From the informa- 
tion before us it would appear that all the Past Grand High 
Priests, with the lone exception of one, and the representatives 
of Sister Jurisdictions, with eight exceptions, answered the 
roll-call. Truly a splendid evidence of continued interest in 
the work of Grand Chapter. 

The address of the Grand High Priest proves to be excep- 
tionally interesting and illuminative. It is written in scholarly 
style and well up to the standard that we have grown to expect 
from Kentucky. 

After well-chosen words of appreciation for the privilege 
he had enjoyed as Grand High Priest and an impressive refer- 
ence to the loss sustained by Grand Chapter through death, 
he gives a full account of his stewardship. Visitations, ap- 
pointments and decisions rendered are all set forth in detail. 
He announced that five gold membership cards were presented 
during the year to those who had served faithfully and well for 
fifty years. Dispensations were limited to seven, all covering 
purely administrative matters. 

M. Ex. Comp. Baker brings to a conclusion a most readable 
address with these all-too-true words — 

"There is much work to be done, we are in a period of readjust- 
ment from one of the most cruel wars with which the World has 
ever been nlagued. Men, who in the past have felt self-sufficient, 
now are learning the value of team work and a need for spiritual 
guidance. 

"They are coming to our lodges because of this spiritual need 
and we owe them more than just membership in Masonry. If we are 
to hold them as members we must make Masons of them and impart 
in their souls the importance of the tenets of our Order." 



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Grand Treasurer Small reported receipts of $25,436.00, dis- 
bursements of $15,378.00 and investments of $55,000.00. 

Ray G. Tipton, as Grand Secretary, presented his usual well- 
written and informative report. It is noted with more than 
passing interest, that Kentucky recorded a net gain of 1,225 
— we congratulate Kentucky on a really successful year. 

At this juncture visitors from Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Ten- 
nessee and New York were introduced and fraternally received. 

Chester D. Adam's report on Necrology is most eloquent 
and impressive. We quote two verses of a beautiful poetic 
thought used in paying tribute to the invisible caravan which 
silently moves on — 

"Not so, for living yet are those 
Who long since passed away; 
They live within our memories, 
Yes, there they live always. 

"I cannot think of a Dead Past, 

It often speaks to me, 
And in my soul I hear its words, 
Hence, alive the Past must be." 

The report closes with that literary gem, "Sunset and Eve- 
ning Star". We love this poem, and having oft quoted it, we 
content ourselves with quoting the last stanza — 

"For tho' from out our borne of time and place, 

The flood may bear me far, 
I hope to see my Pilot face to face 
When I have crossed the bar." 

The Jurisprudence Committee presented a report contain- 
ing amendments to the Constitution. The office of Deputy 
Grand High Priest has been abolished and the office removed 
from the line-up. 

Allen C. Terhune, P.G.H.P., again writes the Fraternal Re- 
view. In a thoughtfully prefaced Foreword he states that 
"Capitular Masonry is standing on the threshold of unprece- 
dented prosperity and suggests that Royal Arch Masonry has 
something worthwhile to offer the Master Mason." 

And now we turn to his Review of Canada. Here we find 
generous treatment. Our various activities are fully covered 
with here and there a* friendly comment. Need we say that 
his reference to our last Review is sincerely apprciated. It is 



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always a pleasure to review Kentucky, and it may give M. Ex. 
Comp. Terhune some satisfaction to know that we find enjoy- 
ment and inspiration in his Reviews. 

We feel that we should not conclude our Review of Ken- 
tucky without a brief reference to the meritorious work of 
the Craftsmen of that State, who operate an Old Masons' Home. 
Their humanitarian efforts are worthy of a word of praise, 
and this Correspondent deeply regrets that we in Canada have 
failed as yet to undertake a charitable work comparable to 
Kentucky's Old Masons' Home. 

Frank A. Ropke was elected and formally installed as Grand 
High Priest. Ray G. Tipton continues as Grand Secretary. 

May we say in conclusion, that the Proceedings of Kentucky 
are embellished by portraits of the Grand High Priest, Grand 
Secretary and Grand Treasurer. These portraits add much 
to our interest in perusing the Proceedings. 

Canada has an able representative in Kentucky in the per- 
son of A. Gordon Sulzer. Rev. A. S. H. Cree is privileged to 
represent Kentucky near our Grand Chapter. 

MAINE 

Allen L. Curtis — Grand High Priest. 

Con vers E. Leach — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-Second Annual Convocation, 
held in Portland, May 6, 1947, under the direction of M. Ex. 
Comp. Curtis. 

After the opening ceremonies and prayer by the Grand 
Chaplain many distinguished guests were ushered in and form- 
ally welcomed. These included the Grand Master of the Grand 
Lodge of Maine, the Grand Master of Grand Council, the Grand 
Commander of Knights Templar, and leaders of the following 
Grand Chapters: Quebec, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Dela- 
ware, Connecticut, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode 
Island and the General Grand Chapter. 

Grand Representatives to the number of fifty answered the 
roll-call. John G. Fass responded for Canada. 



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The annual address of M. Ex. Comp. Curtis proved encour- 
aging and inspirational. He prefaced his remarks by a cordial 
welcome to those present and then paid expressive tribute to 
the Fraternal Dead, concluding his reference with these lines — 

"And ever near us, through unseen, 
The dear, immortal spirits tread — 
For all the boundless universe 
Is Life — there are no dead!" 

Under the caption of ' 'Condition of Royal Arch Masonry" 
he referred to the continued prosperity of the Royal Arch in 
Maine and stated that throughout the jurisdiction harmony 
and good-will prevailed. 

Reference was made to the dispensations granted. These, 
by the way, covered nothing unusual. It is interesting to note 
that three new Chapters were granted dispensations. This 
speaks well for the progress that Royal Arch Masonry is mak- 
ing in Maine. After listing appointments M. Ex. Comp. Curtis 
proceeded to give full coverage to his many visitations. From 
the report it is quite evident that the Grand High Priest was 
loyally received and splendidly entertained during his progress 
through the Constituent Chapters. The address concludes with 
an expression of thanks for the untiring efforts of the Grand 
Secretary and other officers. 

As is customary in Maine, the various officers of Grand 
Chapter all presented written reports. These are interesting 
and provide much information as to the activity of the Royal 
Craft throughout the State. 

The report of the Grand Treasurer clearly indicates that 
fiscal affairs are well managed and in a most satisfactory con- 
dition, receipts well in excess of disbursements and investments 
of $60,588.00. 

Convers E. Leach, presented a clean-cut report, the high- 
light of which records a gain of 648 in membership. 

An eloquent report on "Memorials" was presented by John 
C. Arnold, from which we extract this all-too-true poetic 
thought — 

"Strange is it not — that of the myriads who 

Before us passed the door of Darkness through 
• No one returns to tell us of the road 

Which to discover one must travel too." ; 



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Maine by resolution appropriated the sum of $1,200.00 for 
relief in the coming year. 

Henry R. Gillis writes the Fraternal Review. His Foreword 
is bright and cheery, and in spots somewhat amusing, particu- 
larly his reference to the controversies among the Correspond- 
ents of the dim and distant past. We are grateful for his re- 
print of Dr. Geo. H. Scofield's oration before the Grand Chapter 
of Washington. We agree that it is a delight to read this 
brilliant dissertation on the Temple of Life and regret that we 
cannot find space to quote it for the benefit of our Canadian 
Companions. We, however, extract and leave with our readers 
this small sample from this literary treat — 

"Freemasonry, which encourages men to erect complete and 
noble structures of life, is recognized and honored today through- 
out the world as a great character-building institution. Unaffected 
by the tempests of war, the storms of persecution or the denuncia- 
tion of fanaticism, it still stands proudly erect in the sunshine and 
clear light of heaven, without a column fractured or a nillar fallen. 
In the ages to come in the generations of the past may Freemasonry 
continue to inspire men to build Temples of Life that shall merit 
the approval of the Divine Master Builder." 

And now let us turn to Comp. Gillis , review of our Juris- 
diction. As usual we have been most generously treated in two 
pages of note and comment. Extracts from our Grand Z.'s 
address, together with a reference to the various reports sub- 
mitted, provides full coverage to our 1946 Convocation, and, of 
course, we with due modesty must acknowledge his kindly 
reference to our last Review. As one considers the hours spent 
in reviewing the many jurisdictions it must be admitted that 
it is a labor of love and full compensation is found in the friend- 
ships established by correspondence with a host of correspond- 
ents whom we would fain know better than is possible at long 
range. Perhaps, Comp. Gillis, we may initiate a movement 
some day for a Correspondents' Conference where we may 
really sit about the Round Table and discuss questions of 
mutual interest. Thanks, Comp. Gillis, for a complete and 
friendly review. 

Following the election of officers Allen L. Curtis was pro- 
claimed and installed for a second term, Grand High Priest. 

The office of Grand Secretary continues to be the respon- 
sibility of Convers E. Leach. 



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The Order of High Priesthood met on May 7, 1947. 

Canada is most ably represented in Maine by John G. Fass, 
while Maine's representative near our Grand Chapter is E. A. 
Cook. 



MANITOBA 

Dr. B. S. Bailey— Grand Z. 

J. Sellar Cook — Grand Scribe E. 

The Twenty-Fourth Annual Convocation, held in Winnipeg, 
February 12th, 1947. 

M. Ex. Comp. Bailey opened Grand Chapter in Ample Form, 
after which the honored guests were received and appropri- 
ately introduced. Grand Chapters represented included North 
Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, Minnesota and Saskatchewan. 
Representatives of the Royal and Select Masters and the 
Knights Templar bodies, as well as a strong delegation from 
the General Grand Chapter were also among the brilliant array 
of visitors. 

Following in the position of honor was Dr. Peter T. Pilkey, 
Grand Secretary, who was deputizing for M. Wor. Bro. M. S. 
Donovan, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba. After 
addressing Grand Chapter M. Ex. Comp. Pilkey retired. It is 
noted that the popular Grand Secretary is facetiously referred 
to as "portly popular Peter Pilkey". 

Thirteen Past Grand First Principals were assembled about 
the Altar and warmly greeted. 

The Annual Report of Grand Z. Bailey is a very complete 
resume of his official acts. Couched in eloquent language it 
contains lofty thoughts and truly worth-while comments on 
conditions within the jurisdiction of Manitoba. 

In a most cordial manner he greeted the assembly and com- 
menting on the Royal Craft declared that conditions could ex- 
pressively be described as "The Tide is in". His reference 
to the Fraternal Dead was most solemn and impressive. 

He regretted his inability to accept invitations to visit other 
Grand Chapters, time permitted only acceptance of those from 



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Alberta, Saskatchewan and Minnesota. He records his visits 
in detail to Chapter meetings in Manitoba. 

Dispensations by the Grand Z. were many and varied, but 
all were purely routine in character. 

Dealing with Youth and Masonic Education we extract the 
following sage comment on the challenge to Masonry — 

"Individually it has always been our aim to set an example in 
good citizenship, and we realize that the responsibilities of citizen- 
ship are never lifted. For many years we have not hesitated to 
give of our time, our energy and our money in support of the Youth 
who were giving their physical being to perpetuate our Christian 
way of life. This phase of our duties has passed, but a new and 
equally imperative one has taken its place. To advise and to guide 
the citizens of tomorrow, those who by force of circumstances were 
compelled to devote their whole being to the arts of physical warfare. 

"Many of these young men are being daily entrusted to us as 
initiates in Masonry. It is our greatest duty therefor to spare no 
effort in proving that our Order does possess merit, that Free- 
masonry is an ideal association for assisting a man to get both feet 
squarely on the ground ready to step out in the right direction, that 
it demonstrates the advantages of a moral and a temperate life, that 
it practises what it teaches." 

The Grand Z. concludes a sterling address with these words : 

"Today it is not Precept and Example, it is Example and 
Precept, with the emphasis on Example." 

An income of $3,214.00, expenditures $2,542.00, with solid 
investments amounting to $1,838.00, is indicated in the Grand 
Treasurer's report which, to an outsider, appears to be a fairly 
comfortable fiscal position. 

The Grand Secretary's comprehensive report must also be 
gratifying to our Kinsmen of Manitoba. A substantial increase 
in membership provides good reading. 



We always enjoy reading the reports of the Grand Super- 
intendents and, as usual, they are well written and informative. 

Canon Goodeive's report on the Fraternal Dead proves to be 
a most eloquent and sympathetic tribute to those "who have 
gone before". We quote this poetic gem — 

"Not for him but for us should our tears be shed, 
Mourn, mourn, for the living, but not for the .dead. . 
Let the dirge be unsung, and awaken the psalm, 
No cypress for him who lies crowned with the pa?m." 



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M. Ex. Comp. C. J. Hutchings heads the Committee on Edu- 
cation which appears to be carrying on a splendid work. 

With interest we now focus our attention to the report of 
T. Sellar Cook, who besides his duties as Grand Scribe E., is 
also the Fraternal Correspondent, as to be expected, the report 
holds the interest of the reader to the very last line. Comp. 
Cook quotes liberally from the addresses of the leaders of a 
number of jurisdictions, including our own. He sounds a note 
of warning regarding the inrush of candidates and very proper- 
ly refers to our duty to those candidates in providing instruc- 
tion, training and in offering our friendship, to all of which we 
heartily subscribe. Yes, we can honestly say that while this 
report is limited in its scope, it is nevertheless really worth- 
while. Congratulations, M. Ex. Sir. 

It is noteworthy that Thirty-Five Grand Jurisdictions were 
present in the persons of their Grand Representatives. Our 
Grand Chapter was, as usual, well represented by M. Ex. Comp. 
F. W. Brownell. 

Following the election of officers Dr. Walter Dalzell was 
installed Grand Z., while, of course, T. Sellar Cook carries on 
as Grand Scribe E. 

Our jurisdiction is represented, as already noted, by F. W. 
Brownell, while Manitoba's representative near our Grand 
Chapter is R. H. Reid of Woodstock. 

MARYLAND 

E. Granville Shirley — Grand High Priest. 

Charles H. Weldon — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Forty-Ninth Annual Convocation, 
held in Baltimore, December 10th, 1946, with the Grand High 
Priest in the Chair. 

M. Ex. Comp. Shirley was well supported by the presence 
of twelve Past Grand High Priests. 

After the ceremonial opening of Grand Chapter and prayer 
by the Grand Chaplain, the following distinguished guests were 
introduced and formally received, the Grand Master of Grand 
Lodge, the Grand Master of Grand Council, Grand Commander, 



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Knights Templar and the Inspector-General of the Scottish 
Rite. The following Jurisdictions were represented by delega- 
tions, Ohio, Connecticut, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, 
Delaware, District of Columbia and the General Grand Chapter. 

The address of the Grand High Priest, although anything 
but lengthy in comparison with many we have been privileged 
to read was, nevertheless, complete and inspiring. He gave 
utterance to his thoughts in a convincing manner and furnished 
a concise report on the labors of the year. After greeting 
those present and commenting upon the antiquity of Grand 
Chapter he furnished a list of those who had passed away dur- 
ing the previous twelve months closing this section with these 
lines — 

"Thy word is true, Thy wiU is just; 
To Thee we leave them, Lord, in trust; 
And bless Thee for the love which gave 
Thy Son to fill a human grave, 
That none might fear that world to see 
Where all are living unto Thee." 

Appointments and dispensations followed, these latter were 
few in number and of no interest to others than the Chapters 
involved. Chapter visitations are mentioned without the cus- 
tomary and sometimes tiring detail so noticeable in many ad- 
dresses of this kind. 

Under the caption "Condition of the Craft", M. Ex. Comp. 
Shirley painted a bright and encouraging picture of conditions 
throughout the jurisdiction. 

The Grand High Priest rounds out a splendid address with 
words of commendation for the efforts of the Grand Secretary 
and other officers, concluding with this thoughtful comment on 
the influence of Masonry — 

"If Masonry, with its wide influence, can help set humanity on 
the firm foundation of a sincere belief and trust in the God of all 
peoples, if it can exemplify through its members a love for obedi- 
ence to the immutable laws of Divine Love and Divine Mercy; if it 
can assist in the promotion of the building of a new world which 
shall be based on the eternal Fatherhood of God and the actual, 
practically Brotherhood of Man; go forward spiritually without the 
hope of fee or reward materially, then and then only can it take 
the place the Divine Creator has designed for it and we as members 
of this horonable institution receive the spiritual reward for which 
we have sought and labored.'' 



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The address of the Grand Lecturer attracts our attention. 
He offers sage advice and strikes fearlessly at the indifference 
of some officers of Subordinate Chapters who fail to attend 
Chapters of Instruction. He said "No Reasons" but numerous 
"Excuses" are given by some officers for non-attendance. We 
suggest that this is not peculiar to Maryland, but common 
throughout many jurisdictions. 

A recommendation was made to form a committee and ap- 
propriate funds for the celebration of the One Hundred and 
Fiftieth Anniversary to be held this year. 

From an enlightening report by the Grand Treasurer we 
learn that receipts are well in advance of expenditures with a 
total liquid position of $6,597.00, in addition Grand Chapter 
has investments amounting to $7,000.00. 

A perusal of the Grand Secretary's report indicates that 
despite a heavy death rate the membership was increased by 
332. 

It is noticeable that fifty-one Grand Representatives 
answered the roll-call. Gerald M. Pine, our faithful represen- 
tative, answered for Canada. 

The report on Correspondence and Capitular Reviews wss 
again written by that able and talented correspondent, D. Ross 
Vansant, Jr. He reviewed thirty-nine Sister Grand Chapters 
in masterly style and from a thoughtfully prepared Foreword 
spoke of world conditions since the close of Great War II. We 
quote a few lines — 

"As to the world in general, the picture is far from bright. 
Even though the end of World War II has passed its first anni- 
versary, we are still looking for a true and lasting peace among the 
many nations of the world. Furthermore, our own Country is again 
strike conscious, all of which is very discouraging." 

"Thus, we find encouragement and discouragement. Let us hope 
that the encouraging condition evidenced in Capitular Masonry will 
continue and let us pray that the discouraging condition of the world 
will soon reach the peaceful status that we all desire." 

As usual Canada receives favorable treatment. Comments 
on our various activities and reports with a liberal extract from 
our Grand Z.'s address features the review. We, of course, 
would be remiss in our appreciation should we fail to mention 
his most friendly reference to our last Review from which he 



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quotes generously. Many thanks for your all-too-kind words. 
Our one regret is that we are forced to develop our many and 
growing friendships at long range, but we look forward to the 
day when we can cement our relationship by a personal visit 
to Maryland where we may meet upon the level and exchange 
a friendly hand-clasp. 

Robert M. Anderson was elected and installed as Grand 
High Priest, Charles H. Welden continues as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened December 10, 1946. 

Frank Todd has the honor of representing Maryland in 
Canada, while, as already noted, Gerald M. Pine carries our 
commission in Maryland. 

MASSACHUSETTS 

Ralph W. Copeland — Grand High Priest. 

Raymond T. Sewall — Grand Secretary. 

Quarterly Convocation, held in Boston, March 12, 1946, 
with M. Ex. Comp. Copeland in the Chair. 

After prayer by the Grand Chaplain and the singing of the 
National Anthem, Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form. 

Twenty-Six Jurisdictions were present in the persons of 
their Grand Representatives. 

Routine business having been disposed of the Grand High 
Priest addressed Grand Chapter. After announcing a donation 
of $100.00 to the General Grand Chapter Rehabilitation Fund, 
he recited an interesting little poem entitled "Fathers Lodge". 
We quote a verse or two — 

"Father's Lodge, I well remember wasn't large as lodges go. 
There was trouble in December getting to it in the snow, 
But he seldom missed a meeting, drifts or blossoms in the lane, 
Still the tyler heard his greeting, winter ice or summer rain. 

Father's Lodge no temple builded, shaped of steel or carved of stone, 
Marble columns, ceilings gilded, father's lodge has never known, 
But a heritage of glory they have left, the humble ones — 
They have left their mighty story in the keeping of their sons." 

Quarterly, June 11, 1946 — "Companionship Night". After 
the usual ceremonial opening and the transaction of general 
business, visitors from the Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania 
were received and honored. M. Ex. Comp. Copeland, in speak- 



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ing on the subject of "Companionship", made this very true 
statement — 

"Companion represents a closer tie than Brother; brother is a 
natural relation shared by all men. Companion is the result of 
choice and confined to a few. 'All men are our brethren; not all 
our companions'." 

He closed with this gem of poetry — 

"Not what was his Church, nor what, was his creed; 
But had he befriended those really in need? 
Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say, 
But how many were sorry when he passed away?" 

After the presentation of the "Paul Revere Medal" for 
meritorious service to the Royal Craft to R. Ex. Comp. Charles 
Thomas, Grand Chapter closed with prayer by the Grand 
Chaplain. 

Quarterly, September 10, 1946 — The Grand High Priest 
presiding. After a reception to the Deputy Grand Master of 
Grand Lodge, M. Ex. Comp. Copeland read from the records of 
one hundred years ago. This historical record proved most 
interesting. 

Annual Convocation, December 10, 1947, with M. Ex. Comp. 
Copeland again presiding. After the formal opening the several 
degrees were exemplified under the direction of the Grand 
Lecturer. During the evening sssion thirty-eight Grand Rep- 
resentatives were received and officially greeted. 

From the Annual Statement of the Grand Treasurer we 
learn that receipts were $15,104.00, expenses $13,736.00, with 
invested funds totalling $86,355.77. 



Many honored guests were in attendance, these included 
leaders of the Royal Arch from Quebec, New Jersey, Maine, 
New Hampshire, Virginia, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, 
New York and Pennsylvania. Associate bodies in attendance 
included Knights Templar, Grand Council and the Grand Mas- 
ter and his escort from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. 
All were formally welcomed with the customary honors. 

M. Ex. Comp. Copeland's annual address was a sterling 
efFort. After introductory remarks in which he referred to 
the antiquity of Grand Chapter, he spoke on the Educational 
Programme and new candidates. From this latter we excerpt 
this all-too-true comment — 



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"Always bear in mind that it is not so important to have more 
men in Masonry as it is to have more Masonry in men. Let this 
ever be your watchword." 

His reference to "Numerical Status" commands our atten- 
tion. He said "for the second time in nineteen years we show a 
net gain in membership". This figure, by the way, is 597, 
which is a most commendable record. From a most eloquent 
tribute to the Fraternal Dead we quote the following — 

"The Golden Curtain is before us at this moment of memorial 
tribute. Sometimes we call it death, but, the word is poorly chosen. 
The Golden Curtain is drawn by a kind, wise, and beneficient Provi- 
dence. We have been told on high authority some things that are 
not behind it. There is no night there, no pain, no tears, for God 
shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. There is no sorrow, no 
death, no mourning; neither is there anything that maketh for a lie 
nor is unclean." 

The Grand High Priest's dispensations numbered one hun- 
dred and seventy-six, these apparently all covered purely ad- 
ministrative matters. 

Space is devoted to a detailed reference to his many visits. 
It is interesting to note his friendly comment on his visits to 
our Convocation, held in Hamilton. May we say here, that we 
were more than pleased to have M. Ex. Comp. Copeland and 
R. Ex. Comp. Sewall with us on that occasion. The Writer 
personally enjoyed a visit with Comp. Copeland and feels that 
the occasion marked the forging of another link in our Golden 
Chain of Friendship. 

The Grand High Priest stated that Grand Chapter was 
formed in 1798, and he appointed a committee to make prepa- 
rations for the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary. 

From the concluding remarks we extract a few lines — 

"Capitular Masonry is deeply rooted and inbedded in the hoary 
ages of the past. Its foundations are built on solid ground. But to 
my mind Masonry is a philosophy of life. It teaches that man is 
dependent upon man in order to secure the best that is in him 
for the betterment of himself and his brothers. But Masonry cannot 
be content to rest upon the laurels of the past — it must never be- 
come stagnant. Masonry must progress and keep abreast of the 
times. If we do not, then we shall become decadent and pass away 
without even leaving a ripple on the pond. Today the challenge 
lo Masons is as great, if not greater, than ever before. As Masons 
we must put our minds and bodies to work in the life of the com- 
munities in which we reside. The individual Mason must make his 
influence felt for those principles which he knows to be right. We 
must fight for what we know to be right. The forces which are 



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working constantly day and night to destroy the freedoms which 
we take for granted, never cease in their labors. If we stand idly by 
we may soon be rudely awakened to the fact that the forces of right, 
the forces of good citizenship, the forces of decent living, the forces 
of good neighborliness, will be lost to mankind. In such a world 
Masonry will have no place. Your heritage from the past is great 
and I give you this challenge: 

"Face the future with a knowledge of this heritage and carry 
on so that the future may be proud to include you in its heritage." 

We congratulate our good friend M. Ex. Comp. Copeland 
on an inspirational address. We find ourselves running short 
of superlatives to properly express our appreciation of all that 
he said and said so well. 

We note with more than passing interest that our dear 
friend, Walter Williamson of Quebec, was presented with the 
Paul Revere Distinguished Service Medal. May we say that 
a more worthy selection could not have been made, for in our 
opinion, Walter deserves all the best that Masonry can give to 
one who has devoted his life to furthering the interests of the 
Craft. 

We are pleased to note that M. Ex. Comp. Copeland was re- 
elected as Grand High Priest, and it naturally follows, that 
Pwaymond T. Sewall continues as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened March 12, 1946. 

It is regrettable that such a large, influential Grand Chapter 
as Massachusetts does not publish a report on Fraternal Cor- 
respondence. However, this is something that may be changed 
in the days to come. 

Archibald J. Stringer is the representative of Massa- 
chusetts in Canada, while we are represented in Massachusetts 
by Herman W. Bethe. 

MICHIGAN 

J. Fairbairn Smith — Grand High Priest. 
Clyde N. Wilson — Grand Secretary. 

The Ninety-Eighth Annual Convocation, held in Detroit, 
October 16, 17, 1946, with M. Ex. Comp. Smith presiding. 

Unlike many Grand Chapters, Michigan receives the guests 
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Chapter. As usual guests in large numbers were received. 
These hailed from the Grand Chapters of Wisconsin, Ohio, Vir- 
ginia, Iowa, Pennsylvania and Canada. Also strongly repre- 
sented were the Scottish Rite, Grand Council, Imperial Council 
Red Cross of Constantine, Knights Templar, General Grand 
Chapter, and of course, the basic body of all Masonry, the 
Grand Lodge F. & A.M. of Michigan. Those of us who have 
been privileged to enjoy the hospitality of our friends in Michi- 
gan will realize how superfluous it is to say that all were warm- 
ly welcomed and most courteously received. 

Thirteen Past Grand High Priests and thirty-nine Grand 
Representatives answered the roll-call and were officially 
greeted. 

After Grand Chapter was formally opened the Roll of Honor 
was read. This is a dignified and impressive feature, which we, 
in Canada, might well emulate. It consists of reading the 
names of all deceased Past Grand High Priests. It proved to 
be a lengthy list, dating back to 1848, and as we scan this Roll 
of Honor we find the names of many distinguished Craftsmen 
whose contribution to Masonry lives long after their passing. 
What a splendid method of keeping ever-green the memory 
of these great pillars of the Craft. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Smith, as to be expected from 
such a gifted writer, is a literary gem. Somewhat lengthy 
but non-the-less interesting and enjoyable. Jimmy, as we like 
to think of him, leaves little to the reader's imagination. He 
sets forth in detail his official acts interspersed with sage 
comment and uplifting suggestions. After greeting those 
present in his own inimitable style, he prefaces his report with 
words of wisdom. We quote a few lines taken here and there 
from the expressed thoughts of a cultured mind — 

"Time's broadest reference embraces a range beyond the ken 
of man, it surely brings into a single perspective the past, present 
and the future, and we of the present in making any fair analysis 
must appraise our past to the point that we may measure up to 
the challenge of a beckoning future." 

"Mankind's ethical and moral progress is assured as long as 
Masonry continues its contribution toward cementing ties, fostering 
the doctrine of human commonality and creating a universal compan- 
ionship under God, recognizing and respecting the rights of other 
peoples." 



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"Of necessity we must scrutinize the present with candor, ad- 
monish each other as companions and construct with surpassing 
wisdom and thus meet the challenge of the future, for only by re- 
sponding with the ultimate in sacrifice can this challenge be met 
and our sublime heritage, in an improved state, be transmitted to 
the Royal Arch Mason of tomorrow." 

After referring to administrative matters he referred to 
district meetings and launched into a detailed reference to his 
many visitations both within and beyond the borders of his 
own jurisdiction. After reading his comments, one wonders 
how much time the Grand High Priest set aside for his family 
and other interests. Truly, he gave most generously of his 
time and talents in the performance of this part of his official 
duties. We appreciate his friendly reference to his visit to our 
Grand Chapter in Hamilton. As we have remarked on other 
occasions our Convocations would hardly seem complete with- 
out a delegation from Michigan. 

From the address we learn that his efforts to rejuvenate 
dormant Chapters were crowned with success. It is interest- 
ing to note that dispensations were granted for the formation 
of three new Chapters. The Grand High Priest enumerates 
his dispensations, which were many and varied, but all of a 
routine nature. 

From his decisions we note that there is a separate fee 
assessed for each degree, and if a candidate for good and 
sufficient reasons fails to take the Royal Arch a portion of the 
fee may be returned. In Canada we have a bulk fee and there 
is no question of returning all or any portion should the can- 
didate fail to complete his Royal Arch journey. 

We read with interest the legislation enacted by Michigan 
regarding the conferring of the Past Master's Degree in Cana- 
dian Chapters. This has been a vexed question for some time 
and we are sure that the arrangements made will clarify a 
situation which was becoming somewhat difficult. 

After announcing appointments reference was made to the 
formation of a "Public Relations Committee" whose duty it is 
to strengthen relations with the public and cement the ties with 
the Symbolic Craft. Speaking on the subject of a humantarian 
project Comp. Smith uses these apt words— 



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"No Masonic Body has a right to depend upon its musty an- 
tiquity for its strength and power, but rather should it build upon 
what it is doing to help mankind. The world today is not interested 
in the question, 'Whence Came Ye?', but it does manifest consider- 
able interest in 'What came ye here to do?' " 

We are constrained to quote a few words from his valedic- 
tory commentation — 

"Somewhere and somehow every speaker these days has some- 
thing to say about the Atomic Bomb and knowing as little about it 
as most. It is a very sad commentary on human kind when one 
realizes that after more than one full year of so-called peace, the 
world appears to know only greater confusion and chaos. 

"The situation is one that can be changed only by generations 
of educative effort. And therein lies a gigantic mission for Masonry. 
The universality of the Craft enables it to reach men of everv nation 
and condition of life. It can snread the gospel of the Brotherhood 
of Man, based unon the Fatherhood of God, and still remain free of 
politics and intrigue. It is not a task that can be accomplished in 
a vear or mavhap in a generation, for it will take many years to 
bring about the desired result." 

This sterling address concludes with this poetic effusion — 

"As our dreams are, so are we, 
We shane our thought, what soon we shape in deed, 
And what we daily hold within, we grow to be." 

The Grand Treasurer's report commands attention. Re- 
ceipts appear well in excess of disbursements and an extremely 
strong position in the matter of investments are the high-lights 
of the report. imm . 

From Grand Secretary Wilson's report we note that Michi- 
gan, despite a heavy death rate, enjoyed a substantial increase 
in membership. 

Folio wine: the Grand High Priest's suggestion that some 
action be taken that will provide a worthy objective for Royal 
Arch Masonry, a resolution was presented to establish and 
maintain a home for orphans and homeless children of Masonic 
origin. It was estimated that the initial outlay will be $150,- 
000.00. This is indeed a laudable undertaking and our best 
wishes go forth to Michigan for the success of this objective. 

We are indeed happy to welcome Michigan on a return to 
the Round Table of Fraternal Correspondents. Past Grand 
High Priest C. L. Gordon presents his first Review, and may 
we say at the outset, that Comp. Gordon has established a lofty 
standard. From this thoughtful Foreword we extract these 
words 



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"This, the first Capitular Review by Michigan Grand Chapter 
in quite a long period, presents, we hope, the vital statistics which 
show, even as the straws in the wind, the trend to better or worse. 
An all-over view tells us that Masonry is bringing many into the 
fold and experience tells us that Masonry must not^ repeat the sad 
errors which cost so many members in the not so distant past." 

And now with pardonable haste we turn to his Review of 
Canada. Here we find generous treatment with note and com- 
ment on our various activities. Nothing of import appears to 
have been overlooked and we tender our thanks to >Comp. 
Gordon for a splendid Review of our jurisdiction. 

After the election of officers George H. Morgan was pro- 
claimed Grand High Priest. Clyde N. Wilson continues as 
Grand Secretary and Kalamazoo was selected as the next place 
of meeting. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

Canada is ably represented in Michigan by Arthur M. 
Burke, while Dr. Walter G. Price represents Michigan near our 
Grand Chapter. 

MINNESOTA 

Ernest Malmberg — Grand High Priest. 

John H. Anderson — Grand Secretary. 

The Eighty-Fifth Annual Convocation, held in St. Paul, 
October 8, 1946, with M. Ex. Comp. Malmberg presiding. 

After the opening ceremonies the National Colors and the 
Union Jack were paraded by a color guard of Knights Templar. 

Twenty-seven other jurisdictions were present in the per- 
sons of their Grand Representatives. Among the many guests 
in attendance, we note delegations from the Grand Chapters 
of Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Illinois, Con- 
necticut, Manitoba and the General Grand Chapter. The Grand 
Master of Grand Council and the Grand Commander, Knights 
Templar were also present. All were gracefully received and 
extended a hearty welcome. 

The address or annual report of the Grand High Priest 
provides an interesting resume of the year's work. Commenc- 



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ing with a bright message of welcome to those in attendance 
he spoke of the efforts put forth to advance the cause of Royal 
Arch Masonry. He referred to visits covering ninety-five hun- 
dred miles and had this to say relative to the influence of the 
Royal Arch — 

"I have been confirmed in my belief that never before in its 
history has such an opportunity presented itself to Royal Arch 
Masonry to take an active and leading part in bringing order out 
of chaos in a troubled world." 

After a sympathetic reference to the activities of the Grim 
Reaper during the previous twelve months, he listed his dis- 
pensations. These were limited to two and both covered purely 
administrative matters. He earns our hearty applause through 
his action in removing from office sixteen Grand Representa- 
tives who failed in the performance of their duties for three 
or more years. M. Ex. Comp. Malmberg found, as we too have 
found, that there are always a number of Companions who fail 
to realize their responsibilities in keeping contact with the 
Grand Chapters they are honored to serve. 

The Grand High Priest furnishes a full report on visita- 
tions, fraternal courtesies and speaks most encouragingly of 
conditions among the Subordinate Chapters. The address 
close's with an eloquent reference to the United States and 
world conditions. In this interesting discourse he pays loya. 
tribute to his country and countrymen, all of which, we feel, 
is well deserved. Had it not been for the might of the United 
States, Great Britain, Canada and the other members of our 
Commonwealth of Nations, the world today would have been 
under the domination and in the servile chains of those nations 
whose principles were subjugated to their desire for greed 
and lust of power. The address closes with these words — 

"The intellectual and spiritual foundation of modern democracy 
owes much to the heroism and idealism of Free Masons. From the 
lines of the American Constitution there blazes forth the lofty ideals 
enunciated in the Sermon on the Mount and in the Golden Rule, and 
from its pages are reflected in a bright unwavering light, our con- 
cept of the rights of men and the dignity and freedom of the human 
soul." 

The fiscal affairs of Minnesota appear sound and are well 
managed. Expenses far below receipts, and a net worth of 
533,259.00 tells the story. 



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We learn from the Grand Secretary's report, that despite 
a loss through death of 222 members, that the year closed with 
a net increase of 754. 

The report' on Foreign Correspondence is from the pen of 
William E. Pool, and while no Reviews are published, the report 
is quite entertaining. We heartily agree with this thought 
which forms part of the report — 

"A note of caution is to be found in many Proceedings in regard 
to the many candidates knocking at our doors reminding us of our 
responsibilities to make of them real Royal Arch Masons and not to 
again allow our Royal Craft to become a mere degree mill." 

George D. Stowe presented a beautifully worded report on 
Necrology, quoting that old favorite, "The Bridge Builders". 
We are constrained to quote the final verse of this grand old 
poem — 

'The builder lifted his old grey head — 
There followeth after me a youth, 
Whose feet must pass this way forsooth; 
This chasm that has been naught to me, 
To the fair haired youth may a pitfall be; 
He too must cross in the twilight dim; 
Good friend I am building the bridge for him." 

Following the election of officers Erwin H. Ruhsam was 
declared and installed Grand High Priest, while John H. An- 
derson continues as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened October 7, 1946. 

Minnesota is represented in Canada by the veteran Oliver 
Elwood, while our representative in Minnesota is J. Arthur 
Jensen. 



MISSISSIPPI 

R. L. McKinney — Grand High Priest. 

Sid. F. Curtis — Grand Secretary. 

The Ninety-Ninth Annual Convocation, held in Jackson, 
February 12th and 13th, 1947. 

After opening Grand Chapter in Ample Form distinguished 
guests were ushered into the Chapter room and fraternally 
welcomed. These included representatives from the Grand 
Chapters of Illinois and Florida. 



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We are extremely sorry to learn of the illness of M. Ex. 
Comp. Thomas Q. Ellis and sincerely trust that he has long 
since recovered his accustomary good health. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. McKinney proves to be a very 
complete resume of his official acts. Couched in very readable 
language it provides a perfect pen-picture of conditions in the 
Jurisdiction of Mississippi. 

After a most gracious reception of those present he re- 
ferred in sympathetic tone to those who had passed beyond the 
veils, with a special reference to the passing of M. Ex. Comp. 
J. Kennard Young. He tells us of the issuing of Warrants for 
three Chapters working under dispensation. This indicates 
that conditions are rapidly improving in Mississippi. It is in- 
teresting to note that these are the first Chapters institued 
in the Jurisdiction since 1924. Appointments, visitations and 
dispensations are all fully set forth in the address. 

Among a host of recommendations dealing with administra- 
tive matters, we find one which recommends the appointment 
of a Fraternal Correspondent and the re-instating of Fraternal 
Reviews. This is good news indeed. We shall be glad to have 
Mississippi again represented at the Correspondents' Round 
Table. 

In speaking of the "State of the Craft" he brings cheery 
news of increased interest and membership and a financial posi- 
tion that ranks as the strongest in the history of Grand 
Chapter. 

M. Ex. Comp. McKinney after thanking the Grand Secre- 
tary for the splendid service rendered concludes a magnificent 
address with these words and poetic quotation — 

"Let us not, however, spend too much time looking backward, 
however glorious the past may have been. Let us not, on the other 
hand, waste time in dreaming of a far distant future, however 
alluring it may appear. Instead, let us resolve that we, as individ- 
uals and Royal Arch Masons, will use the present in the most worthy 
manner. May each dawn inspire us to use each new day in the 
way most pleasing to God and most beneficial to our fellow men; 
this passage from the Sanskrit is my parting admonition to you: 

"For yesterday is but a dream 
And tomorrow is only a vision; 
But today, well lived, makes 
Every yesterday a dream of happiness 
And every tomorrow a vision of hope 
Look well, therefore, to this day. 
Such is the salutation of the dawn." 



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The report of the Grand Treasurer is short and to the point. 
Total assets $30,681.00 tells the story. 

We learn from the Auditors' report that income amounted 
to $14,015.00 with expenses of $7,483.00. Truly a splendid 
fiscal position. 

The Grand Secretary also presents a most encouraging" 
report recording a net gain of 918 members and a total mem- 
bership of 5,761. 

From an admirable address by the Grand Lecturer we cull 
the following excerpt — 

"Less than all others should Masons lose sight of the fact that 
our memories will be either condemned, or revered, in proportion 
to the skill and ability with which we manage our affairs. We 
Royal Arch Masons of today form a link between our forefathers 
and those who are to succeed us. We must keep faith with our 
fathers, and carry on this work to the very utmost of our ability, 
so that we may pass on to our posterity the glorious heritage we 
have received, pure and unimpaired." 

A committee was charged with the responsibility of plan- 
ning a celebration, to be held in 1948, to commemorate the 
Centennial of Grand Chapter. 

From an impressive report on Necrology we extract this 
beautiful thought poetically expressed — 

"Beyond that flight of time, 

Beyond this vale of death, 
There surely is some blessed clime 

Where life is not a breath; 
Nor life's affections transient fire, 
Whose sparks fly upward and expire." 

No Fraternal Report appears in the Proceedings, but we 
note that Past Grand High Priest L. J. Scharff was appointed 
Fraternal Correspondent. We shall look forward in pleasant 
anticipation to next year's Proceedings. 

W. Carl Seab was elected and installed Grand High Priest. 
His portrait appears in the Proceedings opposite a biographical 
sketch, which, after paying tribute to his sterling worth, con- 
cludes with these poetic lines — 



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"May it be my joy in life to find 
At every turning of the road 
The strong arm of a comrade kind 
To help me onward with my load. 

And since I have no gold to give 
And love alone must make amends 

My only prayer is while I live 

God make me worthy of my friends." 

It seems superfluous to mention that Sid. F. Curtis retains 
his post as Grand Secretary. Leon S. Lippincott represents 
Canada in Mississippi, while Sidney F. Smith represents Missis- 
sippi near our Grand Chapter. 



MISSOURI 

Sherman A. Smith — Grand High Priest. 
Ray V. Denslow — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and First Annual Convocation, held in 
Moberly, April 21, 1947, with M. Ex. Comp. Smith presiding. 

Grand Chapter having been formally opened, Past Grand 
High Priests of Missouri were officially received. It is note- 
worthy that no less than sixteen of the Past Rulers were in 
attendance. 

Distinguished guests were present in goodly numbers and 
included delegates from the Grand Lodge of Missouri, Grand 
Council, Grand Commandery, the General Grand Chapter, the 
Grand Chapter of Iowa, and Marcus A. Loevy, Past High Priest 
of Mexico City Chapter. 

From the report of the Credential Committee we learn that 
twenty-one jurisdictions were present in the persons of their 
Grand Representatives. 

The address of the Grand High Priest gives evidence that it 
had been thoughtfully prepared by a talented and cultured 
mind. M. Ex. Comp. Smith opens his address with a friendly 
and charming greeting to those present followed by a glowing 
tribute to those officers who had so greatly assisted him during 
the past year. 

Reference is made to the Fraternal Dead, while appoint- 
ments and other official matters are fully set forth. 



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His comment on ''Condition of the Rite" is most encourag- 
ing. A record number of exaltations, an improvement in the 
ritualistic work and a general increase in interest tells the 
story. 

A Royal Arch Forum was held which proved fruitful of the 
desired results. This, we take it, is similar to Canada's Chap- 
ters of Instruction. 

Many dispensations dealing with administrative matters 
were sought and granted. These included nothing of an un- 
usual character. 

Visitations to Constituent Chapters, other Grand Bodies 
and Foreign Jurisdictions clearly indicate that M. Ex. Comp. 
Smith gave generously of his time and talents in the perform- 
ance of these important duties. 

According to the Grand High Priest $1,000.00 was appropri- 
ated for charitable purposes, which was later supplemented 
by a similar amount to be used in providing relief for an 
orphanage in Salonika, Greece. We tender congratulations on 
this evidence of humanitarianism. It is interesting to learn 
that a number of new Chapters were instituted during the year. 
The Grand High Priest makes reference to the sale and use 
of unauthorized booklets and lantern slides. This is something 
entirely foreign to Canadian Masonry where lantern views of 
the "work" are unknown. M. Ex. Comp. Smith closes his 
valedictory with these words — 

"There have been many pleasant experiences and associations 
but to me the *nost outstanding and the most valuable, has been the 
warm friendships which I have formed among my Companions. 
These associations and friendships will furnish me with pleasant 
memories to reflect upon so long as I live." 

The report of the Grand Treasurer proves to be a most 
interesting document. Receipts well in excess of disburse- 
ments and investments in U.S. Defence Bonds of $100,950.00, 
are the highlights of this report. 

Despite a death loss of 330, the Grand Secretary records a 
net gain of 1,542 in membership. Truly a magnificient record. 

We quote the closing lines of a splendid report by the Grand 
Lecturer — 



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"Royal Arch Masonry is in better condition financially and 
numerically than in many years. It is steadily growing in Missouri, 
both in interest for its members and service to Freemasonry. May 
we pray that it will long continue to shed its beneficent influence 
among the Craft, and serve as a medium through which they may 
be assisted in learning to receive true wages for faithful service." 

M. Ex. Comp. Ray V. Denslow writes the Capitular Review 
and his historical sketch of Ancient and Modern Masonry, 
under the caption of "The Capitular Year", is well worth read- 
ing and should be available to every Mason. We should like 
to quote extracts from this epic, but space forbids. We con- 
tent ourselves with extracting these lines by Ruskin on Sym- 
bolism — 

"By symbols is man guided and commanded. He everywhere 
finds himself encompassed with symbols, recognized as such or not 
recogni^pd: th" U^'vercso 'S bnf on° va«;t svnbol of God; m^y, if 
thou wilt have it, what, is man himself, but a Symbol of God ? Is not 
all that he does symbolical ? A revelation to sense of the God-given 
force that is in him. Not a hut he builds but is the visible embodi- 
ment of a Thought: *but bears visible record of invisible things; but 
is in the transcendental sense, symbolical as well as real." 

Reviews are topically arranged and interesting excerpts 
taken from the various Chapters under review. Reference is 
made to our difficulties anent Life Membership and extracts 
from our Grand Z.'s address dealing with the Past Masters 
Degree and other matters are given space. Altogether we sug- 
gest that Comp. Denslow's method of presenting his Reviews 
is both novel and entertaining. 

Following the election of officers Robert 0. Whitaker was 
installed as Grand High Priest, while, of course, M. Ex. Comp. 
Denslow continues in the office he fills so admirably as Grand 
Secretary. 

May we say that the Proceedings of Missouri are exceed- 
ingly well printed and appeals to this Correspondent as among 
the best that we receive. We are particularly impressed with 
the gravure portrait of the Grand High Priest and the bio- 
graphical sketch which provide a preface to the Proceedings. 
As we read of the presentation of a beautiful watch to the 
retiring Grand High Priest we are inclined to let our covetous 
nature assert itself by thinking we in Canada are not treated 
so generously. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened April 21, 1947. 

Canada is capably represented in Missouri by Orson H. 
Swearingen, while W. J. Tow carries Missouri's commission 
near our Grand Chapter. 



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MONTANA 

Sterley A. Miller — Grand High Priest. 

Luther T. Hauberg — Grand Secretary. 

The Fifty-Seventh Annual Convocation was held in Helena, 
June 11, 1946, with M. Ex. Comp. Miller occupying the Chair. 

Following the opening ceremonies the Grand High Priest 
of Wyoming and M. Ex. Comp. E. W. Spottswood of the General 
Grand Chapter were cordially welcomed and received with 
fitting honors. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Miller covers seventeen pages 
in the Proceedings and furnishes a detailed report of his official 
acts. After a friendly greeting to those present he spoke sym- 
pathetically of the loss sustained by Montana through the death 
of many honored Companions. Appointments and dispensa- 
tions are set forth as also is his action in granting permission 
for the conferring of degrees for Chapters in other jurisdic- 
tions. 

Visitations were numerous, and apparently very successful, 
if one is to accept the comments of the Grand High Priest on 
his reception throughout the territory of Grand Chapter. 

Among his recommendations is one to authorize the officers 
of Grand Chapter to wear the regalia of their office at all Royal 
Arch functions throughout the year. It should be noted that 
this regalia is the property of Grand Chapter. In Canada each 
officer is required to wear on all occasions the regalia of his 
office, but where we differ is in the fact that on election or 
appointment each officer provides himself with regalia suitable 
to his rank. In most cases his Chapter makes a presentation 
of such regalia to him. This, of course, does not apply to the 
three principal officers as they wear regalia the property of 
Grand Chapter until their term of office expires when Grand 
Chapter presents them with past rank regalia. 

M. Ex. Comp. Miller concludes a very readable address with 
words of praise and commendation for the assistance rendered 
by the various officers. 

From a very compact report by the Grand Treasurer, we 
learn that receipts far exceeded expenditures, with an invest- 
ment fund of $14,500.00. 



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The membership returns as tabulated by the Grand Secre- 
tary indicate a very wholesome increase. 

It should be noted that during the session the following 
distinguished Craftsmen were received and honored, Grand 
Master of the Grand Lodge of Montana, the Grand Master, 
Royal and Select Masters, the Grand Commander of Knights 
Templar and the Sovereign Grand Inspector of the Scottish 
Rite. 

Forty-three Grand Representatives were received and form- 
ally welcomed. H. T. Cumming responded for Canada. 

Claude J. McAllister, P.G.H.P., again presents the Capitular 
Review, heading a very delightful journey through the Capit- 
ular realm with these lines by Lowell — 

"This is the hour 

Life is a sheet of paper white, 

Whereon each one of us may write 
' His word or two — and then comes night." 

From his introductory remarks dealing with the cessation 
of hostilities we extract the following to the sentiment of which 
this Correspondent heartily subscribes — 

"Men's hearts are filled with fear and despair as they view with 
concern menacing clouds of industrial unrest, international complica- 
tions and misunderstandings on the horizon of world affairs and re- 
lationships. The sickness of our world is due to the selfishnes of 
man, becaue he has forgotten God. That is why he is lonely and 
afraid, because he has refused God's rule. That is why there is 
hatred and strife. The world's greatest peril today is not in the 
atomic bomb; it is in man, in the evil of his heart and life. There is 
no help for us individually until we know ourselves for what we 
are and accept the rule of God which condemns our meanness." 

As we peruse Comp. McAllister's dissertation on "This is 
the Hour", we regret that lack of space prevents us from quot- 
ing this literary gem in its entirety. It is something that 
should be widely distributed and every Mason, regardless of 
his rank, should have the opportunity, yes, the privilege of 
reading and adding to his store of Masonic knowledge Comp. 
McAllister's sage thoughts so eloquently presented. For his 
information we should say that we are filing away this com- 
pendium of Masonic lore among our literary treasures. 

In turning to his Reviews we find a full coverage of out- 
standing events throughout the world of Royal Arch Masonry. 
It is with no spirit of criticism that we suggest that Comp. Mc- 



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Allister's report is somewhat difficult to review. Following a 
style, peculiarly his own, he deals with many Grand Chapters, 
and a close perusal of his story of each leaves little to be de- 
sired. Canada's Proceedings for both 1944 and 1945 are in- 
cluded. Note and comment on our various activities with ex- 
cerpts from our Grand Z.'s address are given generous space. 
It is needless to say that we appreciate his reference to the 
work of this Correspondent, whose Reviews he classes among 
the best. Many thanks, Comp. McAllister, as usual we have 
enjoyed our long range visit to Montana. 

Fred M. Brown was elected and duly installed Grand High 
Priest, while the estimable Luther T. Hauberg continues as 
Grand Secretary. 

Charles W. Powers has the honor to represent Montana 
near our Jurisdiction, while, as already mentioned, H. T. Gum- 
ming is Canada's able representative in Montana. 

NEVADA 

Shirley C. Scott— Grand High Priest. 
Edward C. Peterson — Grand Secretary. 

The Seventy-Third Annual Convocation, held in Las Vegas, 
June 11, 1946. 

M. Ex. Comp. Scott formally opened Grand Chapter, after 
which the Grand Chaplain led in prayer. The patriotic exer- 
cises included presentation of the Flag and a tribute to the Flag. 

Ten Past Grand High Priests and thirty-nine Grand Repre- 
sentatives were in attendance. Honored guests included dele- 
gations from the Grand Chapters of California and Arizona, 
who were followed by a distinguished array of officers from 
the Grand Lodge of Nevada, the Grand Council and the Knights 
Templar, all receiving a warm fraternal welcome. 

The address of the Grand High Priest proves to be a busi- 
ness-like report of his official acts with here and there a pearl 
of wisdom couched in eloquent language. After a friendly 
greeting to all present and a thoughtful reference to the close 
of the War, M. Ex. Comp. Scott spoke of his temporary sojourn 
in California with grateful recognition of many courtesies ex- 
tended to him as the Grand High Priest of Nevada. Under 



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Necrology he spoke of the great loss sustained through the 
passing of Past Grand High Priests C. E. Whitesides, W. B. S. 
Park, Charles J. Rulison and other well known and beloved 
Companions. 

Dispensations were limited to two, one of which was de- 
clined as it conflicted with constitutional requirements. 

After announcing numerous changes among the Corps of 
Grand Representatives, the Grand High Priest enumerated his 
visitations. Among his recommendations we find one to create 
a new officer to be known as the Grand Instructor. From the 
information supplied we assume that this post will be similar 
to and have the same duties as the Grand Lecturer in Canadian 
Jurisdictions. He also recommended an increase in the Grand 
Secretary's stipend and an increase of twenty-five cents in the 
per Capita Tax. 

M. Ex. Comp. Scott concludes a very interesting address 
with words of commendation for the work of the officers of 
Grand Chapter and thanks for the honor he had enjoyed as 
Grand High Priest. 

Finances as indicated by the report of the Grand Treasurer 
are on what should appear as a comfortable basis with receipts 
in excess of expenditures and investments in Government 
Bonds. 

From Grand Secretary Peterson's report we find that Ne- 
vada has but eleven Constituent Chapters, these, however, pro- 
vided a very nice increase in membership. 

While Nevada appoints a committee on Correspondence, we 
fail to locate a report on this important subject. From an 
eloquent and impressive Memorial to the Fraternal Dead we 
extract this gem — 

"In all God's diadem 
No star shines brighter than the kingly man 
Who nobly earns whatever crown he wears, 
Who grandly conquers, or as grandly dies, 
And the white banner of his manhood bears, 
Through all the years, uplifted to the skies." 

Nathan E. Fay was elected and installed as Grand High 

Priest. Edward C. Peterson remains as Grand Secretary. 

Canada's representative in Nevada is Peter Enrietti, while 
Nevada's commission in Canada is carried by Bishop Joseph 
Lofthouse. 



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NEW BRUNSWICK 

G. Maynard Leggett — First Grand Principal. 

Roy E. Crawford — Grand Scribe E. 

The Fifty-Ninth Annual Convocation was held in the City 
of Saint John, June 27, 1946. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form by M. Ex. Comp. 
Leggett. 

After prayer by the Acting Chaplain a strong delegation 
of distinguished Craftsmen from Nova Scotia was officially 
received and duly honored, as also was M. Ex. Comp. A. C. 
Lemmon representing the Cryptic Rite. 

This Correspondent enjoyed reading the address of M. Ex. 
Comp. Leggett, from whose opening remarks we quote the 
following — 

"We have now emerged from the most devastating and bloody 
war in the history of mankind, and while on every hand the optimist 
holding high hope for a peaceful and prosperous future, we must 
not be blinded by this optimism to a point where we fail to see the 
few who are still struggling to dominate the many. As yet, we are 
far from the Utopia wh^re th? swords are to be beaten into plow- 
shears and the spears into pruning-hooks." 

After an impressive reference to those who have passed to 
the Great Beyond, the First Grand Principal dealt with his 
appointments, dispensations and visitations. He was greatly 
concerned on visiting one Chapter to learn that not a single 
entry had been made in the Minute Book for some years. He 
reports a wave of prosperity, and while Chapters are exalting 
many candidates he sounds a note of warning in these words — 

"Let us not become intoxicated with what may seem to be the 
wine of success." 

"During my years as a Royal Arch Mason, I have seen many 
joiners, but I must also say that many in our ranks are not R.A.M.'s 
neither by intention or practice." 

How true are his closing words, an excerpt of which we 
quote — 

"The power of numbers ceases to thrill me, nor do I see any 
virtue in mass production Masonry. I would much rather see a 
few good men and true admitted to our mysteries, who will be our 
Companions in the true sense of the word than to feel that we are 
becoming overwhelmed by a self-seeking multitude." 



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A fine address and one which carries a worth-while message. 

From the Grand Scribe E.'s report we note that New Bruns- 
wick, like the majority of jurisdictions, enjoyed a successful 
year with a substantial increase in membership. 

The report of the Grand Treasurer is also most encourag- 
ing-. Assets are listed as $4,089.00 with investments of 
$1,500.00. 

The First Grand Principal paid graceful tribute to M. Ex. 
Comp. H. F. Sippell of Nova Scotia, and concluded by extend- 
ing an Honorary Membership in the Grand Chapter of New 
Brunswick. 

During the afternoon session fifteen Grand Representatives 
were received and extended a warm fraternal greeting. 

The reports of the District Superintendents have been care- 
fully perused and we find them most interesting, giving a close- 
up view of the healthy conditions prevailing throughout the 
Jurisdiction. 

John H. McAfee was elected and installed Grand Z., with 
Roy E. Crawford continuing in office as Grand Scribe E. 

Edgar W. Mair capably represents our Grand Chapter in 
New Brunswick, while John W. Plewes of London, performs 
a similar role for New Brunswick in our Jurisdiction. 

NEW YORK 

E. Stanley Pier — Grand High Priest. 

Carl G. Wilhelms — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Fiftieth Annual Convocation, held in 
Albany, February 4, 1947, with M. Ex. Comp. Pier presiding. 

Following the opening ceremonies and prayer by Rev. 
Charles D. Broughton, the Flag was presented with appropriate 
ceremony. Fifteen Past Grand High Priests and thirty-nine 
Grand Representatives were formally received and welcomed. 

As usual a large gathering of distinguished visitors were in 
attendance. These hailing from sister jurisdictions and associ- 
ate bodies. Among those present we note delegations from the 
Scottish Rite, Red Cross of Constantine, Grand Council, Grand 



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Commandery, the Grand Lodge of New York, and neighbouring- 
Grand Chapters of Quebec, Delaware, Michigan, New Jersey, 
Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia, Rhode Island, Massa- 
chusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Canada and the General 
Grand Chapter. Needless to say, all received that warm fra- 
ternal greeting so characteristic of New York. 

The annual address of M. Ex. Comp. Pier is a classic. It 
fairly scintillates with appealing thoughts and worth-while 
truisms. Couched in eloquent language the address is most 
readable and decidedly entertaining. 

Prefacing his address with a friendly greeting to all present 
he outlined his objectives and referred to his instructions to 
the "Official Visitors". These officers, we take it, are similar 
and perform the same functions as our Grand Superintendents. 

Speaking of the Fraternal Dead he paid graceful tribute to 
those who have gone to "that country from whose bourn no 
traveller returneth. , ' This section of the address closes with 
these well-known lines — 

"0 Time and Change! 
How strange it seems with so much gone 
Of life and love, to still live on!" 

After a reference to administrative matters and a recom- 
mendation that the customary appropriation for Charitable 
Purposes be continued, he spoke of the dispensations granted, 
although these are not set forth in detail. He spoke enthusi- 
astically of the Order of High Priesthood, which we under- 
stand, is obligatory, and is definitely a part of the Royal Arch 
system in New York. After announcing his appointments he 
referred to the consolidation of Orient and DeWitt Chapters. 

Among his many visits, both within and beyond the boun- 
daries of his own jurisdiction, we note his reference to visiting 
our Grand Chapter. Well do we remember his visit. New York 
and Canada are not only close geographically, but there is a 
long standing and a very close friendship between the two 
Grand Bodies.. 

We read with interest of the observance of Royal Arch 
Sunday, which is an annual event. Referring to this M. Ex. 
Comp Pier has this to say — 



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"These are serious times. No man knows what tomorrow holds. 
The world-wide conflict has in a measure come to an end, but peace 
has not yet been attained. Without reverence for God and the 
spirit of goodwill among men there can be no lasting peace." 

Speaking of our duty as Masons he left with his audience 
these words — 

"These are days of stress, turmoil, confusion and uncertainty. 
They otter no excuse for dereliction of duty or abandonment of 
obligation — rather they should be an impelling urge to be true to 
our faith. 

Faith of our fathers! faith and prayer, 
Shall keep our country true to thee; 
And through the truth that comes from God, 
Our land shall then indeed be free. 
Faith of our fathers, holy faith, 
We will be true to thee till death." 

After a glowing tribute to the Grand Secretary and other 
officers he concludes his valedictory address with a dissertation 
on "Challenge and Opportunity" that we would fain quote in its 
entirety but alas, space permits but a few brief quotations — 

"Through the chaos of the years, men are seeking peace — seek- 
ing freedom from fear — groping for a guiding hand. Masonry, more 
than ever, is that guiding . hand. Within our Chapters, where 
brotherly love and friendship abide, these men can find the peaceful 
haven they seek." 

"Let us remember that the design of all Masonry is a search 
for truth, and that he who earnestly seeks it shall be rewarded for 
his labors in the attainment of his desires. Let us not forget that 
in the Great Light in Masonry will be found the rule and guide for 
our conduct in life." 

and here are his closing words — 

"Then, indeed, will mankind come to realize our influence for 
good, the fervency and sincerity of our friendship, and that mem- 
bership in the Supreme Order of Masonry is to be prized and sought 
by all men of high ideals — by men who believe that 'success in life 
is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal'." 

"Honor and shame from no condition rise, 
Act well your part, there all the honor lies." 

The report of the Grand Treasurer is most impressive and 
leaves little doubt in the mind of the reader as to the solvency 
of New York's fiscal affairs. Receipts well in excess of dis- 
bursements, a permanent fund of $187,651.99, which includes 
investments totalling $180,295.00, and a fund for the relief of 
that dread scourge Tuberculosis of $139,132.00, are but the 
high-lights of this report which records total assets of $354,- 
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The report of the Grand Secretary is interesting indicating 
a membership of 33,481, which is a net increase of 871 members 
over the previous year. 

Just here we should like to tender a meed of praise for the 
marvellous humanitarian work in the relief of tuberculosis that 
is so successfully being carried on by our friends in New York. 
Truly this provides a sound answer to the croaker who greets 
us with the age-worn question, "what is Masonry doing to 
justify its existence ?" 

Charles J. Wells, P.G.H.P., writes the "Capitular Review" 
in masterly style. His Foreword is a literary treat, and we 
heartily agree with his reference to Masonic education. We 
quote his final paragraph to which we add a fervent Amen — 

"In Royal Arch Masonry we have 'The Crowning Glory of 
Ancient Craft Masonry.' Let us start an advertising campaign, 
beginning first with our own membership. Aristotle stated, 'Educa- 
tion is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.' Masonic 
Education is a paying investment no matter how good or bad the 
times may be. It is a continuing challenge, and unending responsi- 
bility, and a glorious opportunity for those who have at heart the 
future of Royal Arch Masonry." 

Turning to Canada we find, as usual, that we have been 
generously treated. Dealing with our 1946 Convocation M. Ex. 
Comp. Wells gives full coverage to our various activities with 
here and there a note or comment. Speaking of Reviews he 
leaves us with this very true thought — 

"Contemporary history of Royal Arch Masonry is assembled 
each year in the Annual Proceedings of each Grand Chapter. This 
yearly summary is prepared by their several fraternal correspond- 
ents. Next to actually attending a Grand Convocation, is the reading 
of a Review of its transactions. In no other way can Companions get 
a world-wide glimpse of the condition of the Craft in so short a 
time." 

We appreciate to the full the friendly Review of our juris- 
diction. 

Following the election of officers Otto E. Malhr was de- 
clared Grand High Priest, and in company with the other 
officers, was in due course installed into office. 

Of course Carl G. Wilhelms continues as Grand Secretary. 

John M. Burden has the honor to represent New York in 
our jurisdiction, while Canada is faithfully represented in New 
York by Clifford A. McDonald. 



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NEW ZEALAND 

J. A. Stables — First Grand Principal. 

F. G. Rea— Grand Scribe E. 

The Fifty-Fifth Annual Convocation, held at Rotorua, 
March 12, 1947, with M. Ex. Comp. Stables on the Throne. 
Eight Past First Grand Principals signified their continued 
interest in the Royal Craft by their active attendance. 

After the opening ceremonies the election of the First 
Grand Principal took place. R. Ex. Comp. Gerard H. Nicholls 
was nominated and unanimously elected. 

We quote the opening words of M. Ex. Comp. Stables' 
address — 

"We meet here in peace, but the strife all over the world dis- 
turbs our quiet. We have prayed for the day when we could again 
meet in peace, but although the grim business of universal killing 
is over, our joy is tempered by the discovery that we have neither 
peace nor war." 

In commenting on conditions he stated that Royal Arch 
Masonry was progressing satisfactorily with increasing mem- 
bership. Two new Chapters were instituted during the year. 
The address concludes with a word of thanks for the splendid 
service rendered by the officers of Grand Chapter. 

From the Grand Treasurer's report we note that the fin- 
ances of Grand Chapter are sound and well managed. An 
excess of revenue over expenditures with total assets of 
$40,000.00 is recorded. 

Among the changes in the list of Grand Representatives we 
note with interest, that R. Ex. Comp. N. B. Spencer assumes 
the commission of Canada in New Zealand. 

New Zealand is to be congratulated upon the splendid work 
of the Jubilee Scholarship Council, who have been assisting 
young people in acquiring a higher education, and later in 
finding employment for these boys and girls. Truly a laudable 
undertaking. 

Reports of the Grand Superintendents of the Eleven Dis- 
tricts, provide an encouraging picture of conditions throughout 
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After considering reports of various committees and dis- 
posing of routine business Grand Chapter proceeded with the 
installation of officers. From M. Ex. Comp. Nicholls 'first 
address as presiding officer, we select a few sage comments 
on conditions beyond and within the realm of Masonry — 

"Material progress is good, so far as it goes, but what is 
important is that moral and spiritual progress which is the pro- 
fessed aim and purpose of our Order. That is something which 
cannot be measured, cannot be quoted in statistics or plotted in a 
graph, for it is a personal and individual matter, but without it a 
Chapter would be little more than a social club, little better than 
a mutual admiration society." 

"It is no new war, it is as old as mankind, the struggle of man's 
soul against man's baseness. Material progress has far outrun 
mp~al progress, and the good gifts of God are perverted to devilish 
ends." 

M Fy Comp. Nicholls concludes a brilliant address with 
this thought — 

"So shall we make this imperfect world a little th° better for 
pur sojourn in it if w e se^k faithfully to fulfil, each in hims°lf, the 
ideal embodied in the opening prayer of the Mark Degree: 'To con- 
fess Thy faith, be strengthened in hope, and established in charity 
wi^h all mankind." 

Dr. J. A. Evans of Toronto, represents New Zealand near 
our Grand Jurisdiction, while, as already recorded, N. B. 
Spencer is our representative in New Zealand. 

NORTH CAROLINA 

David E. Buckner — Grand High Priest. 
Millard F. McKeel — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-Fourth Annual Convocation, 
held in Salisbury, May 14, 1946, with R. Ex. Comp. Parham, 
the Grand King, officiating for M. Ex. Comp. Buckner, who 
was absent through illness. 

The past of Grant Chapter was represented in the persons 
of fifteen Past Grand High Priests who were presented and 
received with Grand Honors. 

Numerous guests were in attendance, including M. Ex. 
Comp. Temple Rice of Texas, representatives from Grand 
Council, the Knights Templar and M. Wor. Bro. W. J. Bundy, 
Grand Master of Grand Lodge. Needless to say all were warm- 
ly welcomed and their exalted rank recognized. 



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Thirty-Six Jurisdictions were represented by their accredit- 
ed Grand Representatives, although with regret we note the 
absence of Canada's Representative. 

The address of the Grand High Priest was read by Ex. 
Comp. George R. Bennette. 

The address proved to be most interesting, and while indica- 
tive of a humble spirit, it nevertheless contained many lofty 
thoughts and worth-while suggestions. After the customary 
greeting M. Ex. Comp. Buckner paid tribute to the Fraternal 
Dead as the Companions stood with bowed heads. 

A brief report was included covering official acts and ap- 
pointments. But two dispensations were sought, both being 
granted. It is interesting to note that under the caption of 
"State of the Craft", the Grand High Priest stated that every 
Chapter had been most active and conditions generally were 
extremely healthy. 

We extract the following from the concluding remarks of 
M. Ex. Comp. Buckner — 

"Years are the milestones that tell us the distance we have 
travelled, and while each passing year robs us of something, we 
. can always recapture it in memory. Strange to say, even those 
things which are hard to endure are pleasant to remember. 

"Through the medium of our written chronicles, we can turn 
back the pages of time and review the events of yesterday as they 
apply to our lives — a lasting record of our activities, our experiences 
and our viewpoints- — a living memoir of things attempted and 
things done — a vivid story that is ever new and ever refreshing 
to us in hours of recollection." 

We may be pardoned as a Reviewer, if we express the 
opinion that this was a truly fine address. 

We scan the report of the Grand Treasurer and learn that 
receipts were far in excess of disbursements, while securities 
of Grand Chapter amount to $31,700.00. . 

The report of the Grand Secretary, too, is most encourag- 
ing, the highlight being an increase in membership of 892 — 
(Congratulations). All but three Chapters reported an in- 
crease in membership. 

We should be remiss in our duty were we to fail to make 
reference to the raising of funds for the purpose of erecting 



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a York Rite Memorial Chapel at Oxford. The amount to be so 
raised to be equivalent to $15.00 per capita. 

The following excerpt from a report on "Unfinished Busi- 
ness" is significant and all too true. 

"If we expect to survive the picture shows, the luncheon clubs 
and other activities of the present era, we must sell the Chapter 
work not only to the candidate, and not only in the large Chapters, 
but also the small Chapters." 

We have enjoyed the "Review" by J. Edward Allen and are 
amused to note that his review was actually written by him 
despite the kindly references and obituary remarks of the 
Reviewer for West Virginia, who declared Comp. Allen as hav- 
ing passed to his final reward. Comp. Allen, however, insists 
that he is still alive and talking. To this we add our applause. 
Lack of space prevents a more generous extract from this 
most inspiring Review, but we must quote Comp Allen's con- 
cluding words — 

"What we need today is to realize that the accent of a Christian 
comes from close association with the Master; what we need to 
realize about our Royal Arch Masonry is, that if we stick with it 
closely enough and loyally enough, we shall be able to speak the 
accents of a Royal Arch Mason; and they shall be a peculiar badge 
of a great calling, an emblem of a great work, a source of a great 
pride. Let us learn to speak the accents of a Royal Arch Mason, 
so that we can give distinction to our connection with the Royal 
Craft and make the Royal Craft a group of great distinction." 

Following the election of officers Kennon W. Parham was 
installed as Grand High Priest, while M. F. McKeel continues 
as Grand Secretary. 

As a frontispiece to the Proceedings is a portrait of M. Ex. 
Comp. Parham in the uniform of a major in the U.S. Army. 
In passing let us say that not in many years of Masonic service 
has this Correspondent read of such an active Masonic career 
as that indicated in the biographical sketch of the newly in- 
stalled Grand High Priest. A leader in all branches of the 
Craft, and most prominent in many Masonic organizations, of 
which we, in Canada, have never heard. Yes, we should say 
he brings to Grand Chapter a wealth of administrative experi- 
ence. 

Canada is represented in North Carolina by W. G. Bandy, 
while North Carolina is represented near our Jurisdiction by 
A. G. Tipper. 



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NORTH DAKOTA 

Henry Haugen — Grand High Priest. 

Walter L. Stockwell — Grand Secretary. 

The Fifty-Eighth Annual Convocation, held in Fargo, Janu- 
ary 21 and 22, 1947, with the Grand High Priest presiding. 

The opening ceremonies carry an International flavor with 
the presentation of both the American and Canadian Flags 
and the singing of the National Anthem of both countries. 

It is worthy of note that the Grand Master of the Grand 
Lodgre of North Dakota was present in person, other guests 
included representatives from the Grand Chapters of Iowa, 
Minnesota and South Dakota. All were cordially received and 
extended a hearty welcome. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Haugen is anything but 
lengthy, but nevertheless covers all the important phases of 
the year's work. 

After a few well-chosen words of welcome to the visitors 
and delegates present he proceeds to enumerate his official 
acts. Dispensations were few in number and purely adminis- 
trative. 

Visitations were fully recorded and indicate that he was 
received throughout the jurisdiction in a loyal and enthusiastic 
manner. He refers to a number of Chapters that, to use his own 
words, "need attention". He recommends that Grand Chapter 
consider changing the date of the Annual Convocation, suggest- 
ing May or October, in order to be assured of better weather 
conditions. After a sympathetic reference to the Fraternal 
Dead, he closes a business-like report with these words — 

"I am deeply grateful for the honor you have conferred upon 
me and I retire with the hope that 'Peace on Earth and Goodwill 
Toward Men' may always prevail, and also that others, more able 
Companions, may plant the standard of Capitular Masonry where 
it may always be seen as a landmark for those who would advance 
in Masonic Truth." 

We note a * 'Memorial' ' to the memory of Senior Past Grand 
High Priest, Charles E. Tilson, whose death occurred on Janu- 
ary 3rd, 1947. 



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The Grand Treasurer's report indicates a strong financial 
position with receipts of $3,042.00, disbursements of $2,377.00, 
and a total worth of $7,373.00. 

The report of Grand Secretary Walter L. Stockwell is, as 
usual, very interesting, this, by the way, is his 36th report. 
A perusal of this report provides a complete pen-picture of 
conditions in the Jurisdiction. An increase in membership 
is recorded. 

During the session the Grand Commander of Knights Temp- 
lar was received and accorded a warm greeting. 

M. Ex. Comp. Walter H. Murfin writes the report on Fra- 
ternal Correspondence, and as to be expected from such a well- 
skilled Craftsman, is most entertaining. He does not review 
the various Grand Chapters, but skilfully selects here and 
there quotations on subjects of general interest. We quote a 
line or two from his closing commentary — 

"Our power, our influence, our worth will be proportionate to 
the earnestness, loyalty, industry and perseverance with which we 
make right use of the ever-recurring opportunities for advancing 
the cause of Capitular Masonry. Every life, even the lowliest, 
which fulfills the Divine thought for it, adds its little measure 
to the joy and treasure of other lives." 

We congratulate M. Ex. Comp. Murfin on a thoughtfully 
prepared report which generously compensates the reader for 
the time taken in reading it. 

Carl M. Ness was duly installed as Grand High Priest. 
Walter L. Stockwell continues in the office he has graced for 
many years. 

Clifford E. Miller represents Canada in North Dakota, 
while J. Alfred Burnett represents North Dakota in Canada. 

OHIO 

Frank DeLay — Grand High Priest. 

Mont. C. Hambright — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Thirtieth Annual Convocation, held 
in Cleveland, October 9, 10, 1946, with M. Ex. Comp. DeLay 
presiding. 



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After the ceremonial opening of Grand Chapter and the 
colors posted, the Grand Chaplain delivered an eloquent and 
impressive Invocation. 

The Mayor of Cleveland was ushered in and presented a 
civic welcome. 

Sixteen Past Grand High Priests and fifty-one Grand Rep- 
resentatives were formally received and greeted. Among the 
distinguished guests in attendance we note a delegation from 
Grand Lodge, Grand Council, Grand Commandery and the 
Scottish Rite. Present also were leaders of Royal Arch 
Masonry from Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, 
Canada and the General Grand Chapter. 

Fifty-five pages of the Proceedings are required to record 
the magnificent address of M. Ex. Comp. DeLay. One has only 
to read this address in order to get a perfect picture of Grand 
Chapter activities in Ohio. The Grand High Priest furnishes 
a detailed report on all his official acts with here and there the 
introduction of lofty ideals and serious-minded suggestions 
for the betterment of Royal Arch Masonry. 

Opening with a friendly greeting to those present, he pro- 
ceeds to enlighten his readers with comments on the state of 
Grand Chapter. He furnishes a most encouraging report, but 
in speaking of increased membership he has this to say — 

"But it has been our constant effort not only to make new Royal 
Arch Masons, but to make better Royal Arch Masons of those we 
already had. We have incessantly endeavored to impress upon all 
our members, old as well as new, the beauty, the importance, and 
the essentiality of the Capitular Degrees: their necessity to the 
completion of the Masonic Education of every Master Mason." 

In a thoughtful reference to the Fraternal Dead he speaks 
of the great loss through the activity of the Grim Reaper and 
pays especial tribute to the death of M. Ex. Comp. Joseph T. 
Croxall. 

Speaking of finances he referred to the purchase of bonds 
totalling $10,000.00. He lists his dispensations, which were 
many and varied. A limited number were declined as uncon- 
stitutional. 

The Old Guard of Ohio were recognized by the presentation 
of Fifty- Year emblems. In Canada we have a twenty-five and 
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Among his visitations to Chapters of his own jurisdiction 
and to Sister Grand Chapters, we note a most friendly refer- 
ence to an invitation extended to visit Canada, he however, 
found the dates conflicting with other engagements. We regret 
that he was unable to be with us, but, enjoyed a visit from his 
Deputy Grand High Priest who attended our Convocation as 
his representative. 

M. Ex. Comp. DeLay, in a commentary on the splendid work 
of the Grand Secretary, recommended that Grand Chapter con- 
sider the advisability of increasing the salary of the Grand 
Secretary. 

After a reference to the Ohio Masonic Home, to which 
Grand Chapter has contributed $498,900.00, the Grand Higli 
Priest brings to a close a very fine address using these words — 

"I am more and more impressed with the thought that we 
receive much, much more from Masonry than we put into it. I think 
this is especially true of Royal Arch Masonry, for it not only repeats 
and re-emphasizes all the other teachings of our Art, but it particu- 
larly inculcates, and practices, True Companionship, which is only 
another word for Friendship; and this, after all, is the ultimate 
objective of our great Fraternity." 

In reading the report of the Grand Treasurer we note that 
total balance and receipts for the year amounts to $60,253.00, 
with disbursements of $41,085.00. It is also worthy of note 
that Ohio has an investment or permanent fund of $121,000.00, 
all of which indicates a strong financial position. 

From the Grand Secretary's report we glean the following. 
Deaths 1,028, withdrawals 320, suspended 442, with a net gain 
in membership of 2,856. 

We have been impressed by the report of "The Necrologist". 
It is written in eloquent and scholarly language and pays grace- 
ful tribute to those who have laid aside their working tools 
and have answered the last "Great Call". 

The Capitular Review is again the product of Carl W. Sperl- 
ing, P.G.H.P., and as usual follows the lofty standard which he 
has set these many years. His Foreword, while brief, contains 
truisms that cannot be ignored. We quote a few lines — 

"As we could well anticipate, we find expressions of concern 
and regret on the deplorable condition existing throughout the world, 
where after more than a year of effort to reconstruct a shattered 
world, we are forced to assert that suspicion, lack of faith and 
confidence is obstructing progress in the development of lasting- 
peace and contentment among nations." 



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He ends with an optimistic note that is shared by this 
Reviewer. 

Canada is accorded ample space to give full coverage to our 
1945 Convocation. He quotes liberally from M. Ex. Comp. 
Burden's address and refers to our other administrative activi- 
ties and generously excerpts from our last Review. We ap- 
preciate his friendly comments and assure M. Ex. Comp. Sperl- 
ing that we are always happy to review Ohio. It would indeed 
be remiss on our part were we to fail to express our thanks 
for a most neighborly review of Canada. 

Following the election of officers James A. Goreham was 
installed as Grand High Priest. Mont. C. Hambright again 
fills the office of Grand Secretary. Toledo was selected as the 
next place of meeting. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened October 9, 1946. 

George J. Kohler represents our jurisdiction in Ohio, while 
our popular Grand Scribe E., Edwin Smith, is Ohio's repre- 
sentative in Canada. 

OKLAHOMA 

Richard E. Newhouse— Grand High Priest. 

James A. Lathim — Grand Secretary. 

The Fifty-Eighth Annual Convocation, held in Ada, April 
15, 1947, with the Grand High Priest presiding. 

After the ceremonial of opening Grand Chapter, followed 
by the Invocation by the Acting Grand Chaplain, distinguished 
guests were received and welcomed, these included leaders of 
Grand Council, Grand Commandery and the Grand High Priest 
of the Grand Chapter of Texas. Thirteen Past Grand High 
Priests answered the roll-call and these with the representa- 
tives of forty Sister Jurisdictions were fraternally greeted. 

M. Ex. Comp. Newhouse's address is stimulating and inspir- 
ing. Noticeably free from banalities it records his official acts 
in a crisp, decisive manner. After a friendly welcome to those 
present, he spoke sympathetically of those who had passed 
beyond the Veils during the previous twelve months with a 
special reference to the loss sustained through the death of 



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M. Ex. Comp. H. B. Downing. He fully covered his appoint- 
ments and visitations, these latter being many and varied. 
Apparently M. Ex. Comp. Newhouse did not shirk his respon- 
sibility but gave generously of his time in visiting not only 
Constituent Chapters, but, also, other Grand Chapters and as- 
sociate bodies. His dispensations were few in number and 
covered local matters only. Two new Chapters were instituted 
which is always a barometer of increasing interest. The ad- 
dress concludes with a word of appreciation for all those who 
assisted him during the year. 

The fiscal affairs of Grand Chapter appear to be sound with 
investments in the General Fund of $24,000.00, and in the 
Educational Fund of $27,200.00, financially we should say a 
strong position. 

From the very complete report of the Grand Secretary we 
learn that in point of membership Oklahoma made a substan- 
tial gain. 

The report of the representative on the Masonic Charity 
Foundation clearly indicates that the Masons of Oklahoma are 
imbued with the cardinal virtue of every true Mason. 

From an impressive report on Necrology we extract these 

words — 

"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what 
we have done for others and the world remains, and is immortal. 
The true Mason labors for the benefit of those that are to come 
after him, and for the advancement and improvement of his race. 
It is a noor ambition which contains itself within the limits of a 
single life." 

The reports of the D.D.G.H.P.'s are intensely interesting. 
These district officers occupy a position similar to the Grand 
Superintendents in Canada. 

Hayward H. Skaggs, P.G.H.P., writes the Fraternal Review 
which is prefaced by a very entertaining Foreword from which 
we quote a line or two from his comment on international re- 
covery — 

"They urge that the principles of Masonry and an abiding faith 
in the 'Great I Am,' can only solve man's perplexing situation. A 
warning is sounded, that should we shirk our responsibility, we invite 
catastrophe and oblivion for all humanity." 

And now let us see what the Reviewer has in store for us 

in his review of Canada. Here we find our 1946 Convocation 

well and truly covered with excerpts from our Grand Z.'s ad- 



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dress and reports of our various committees. Altogether a 
very complete and friendly review of our jurisdiction. M. Ex. 
Comp. Skaggs mentions our failure to include Oklahoma in our 
last year's Review. Our only excuse is found in the statement 
that we did not receive a copy of Oklahoma's Proceedings. We 
shall not offend again if you, Comp. Skaggs, will se that we 
are included in the distribution of your printed Proceedings. 
Many thanks for your generous treatment of Canada. 

Carl F. Hansen having been elected Grand High Priest was 
formally installed into that high and important office. James 
A. Lathim again carries the responsibility of the office of Grand 
Secretary. 

James A. Sinex is Canada's representative in Oklahoma, 
while Ed. Worth faithfully represents Oklahoma near our 
Grand Chapter. 

PENNSYLVANIA 

William R. Burchfield — Grand High Priest. 
John C. F. Kitselman — Grand Secretary. 

Quarterly Convocation, March 7, 1946, with M. Ex. Comp. 
Burchfield presiding. Following the opening ceremonies, the 
roll of Grand Representatives was called and distinguished 
visitors were received. After the presentation of routine re- 
ports and general business, M. Ex. Comp. Copeland, G.H.P., of 
Massachusetts, addressed the assembly. Grand Chapter was 
then formally closed. 

Quarterly, June 6, 1946, with the Grand High Priest in the 
Chair, general business occupied Grand Chapter for the greater 
part of the evening. M. Ex. Comp. Burchfield spoke of the 
Fraternal Dead, after which Past Grand High Priest Robert J. 
Arnett delivered an "In Memoriam" as a tribute to the late 
Grand Scribe, Walter Nuttall. From this eloquent address we 
extract the following beautiful verse — 

"He was a man whose heart was good 
His was a voice that spoke to cheer, 
And fell like music on the ear. 
His was a smile folks loved to see, 
Who walked with men who understood; 
His was a hand that asked no fee, 
For friendliness or kindness done, 
And now that he has journeyed on, 
His is a name that never ends, 
He leaves behind Uncounted friends." 



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Quarterly, September 5th. M. Ex. Comp. Burchfield having 
opened Grand Chapter, received the reports of various com- 
mittees, after which the question of a printed ritual was dis- 
cussed, but as there was disagreement among the members of 
the special committee no definite action resulted. The death 
of M. Ex. Comp. John M. Core was recorded and a beautifully 
worded tribute was paid to the memory of the deceased Com- 
panion. 

Quarterly, December 5, 1946, with the Grand High Priest 
presiding. This being the Annual Convocation many honored 
guests were in attendance. These included the Grand Master 
of Grand Lodge, his Grand Wardens and delegations from the 
Grand Chapters of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, 
Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, 
Delaware, Colorado, and our then Grand Second Principal, R. 
Ex Comp. F. W. Dean, representing Canada. The Grand Coun- 
cil and Grand Commandery were also represented by strong 
delegations. It is unnecessary to add that all were warmly 
welcomed and received with the customary honors. Eight 
Past Grand High Priests and forty-four Grand Representa- 
tives were also formally greeted. 

As an introduction to his annual address M. Ex. Comp. 
Burchfield spoke on the challenge to Masonry. We quote a few 
lines taken at random from this inspiring dessertation — 

"Companionship in its true sense means that we engage in the 
same tasks, carry the same burdens and labor for the same ends 
and I hope that Capitular Masonry will always stand as a beacon 
light along the way of true and unselfish Brotherhood." 

"The world judges Masonry by the character and lives of its 
members, so that as we live, so lives our fraternity. We all recite 
the 'Apostles Creed', but do we practice the 'Sermon on the Mount'. 
It is easy to profess, but do we always remember that we are our 
Brother's keeper, not only to see that he gets the Masonic degrees, 
but that he also feels the comradeship of those who are one with him 
in spirit, purpose and ideals." 

"Let us not be afraid to plan, not afraid to try, so that all 
Masons everywhere will feel that their coming together with each 
other is a privilege and inspiration for better living, rather than a 
necessary duty which must be performed." 

After a most friendly welcome to all present, the Grand 
High Priest referred to the great loss sustained through the 
passing of Past Grand High Priests John M. Core and Walter 
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assisted during the year with a glowing tribute to the splendid 
work of the Grand Secretary. After recording in detail his 
many visitations, both within and beyond his jurisdiction, he 
enumerated his dispensations and appointments, concluding a 
magnificient address with a timely reference to general condi- 
tions and these poetic lines — 

"Hews his stones from the quarry of life, 
Squaring them up for inspection, 
Placed in a row their edges show, 
Nor has he fear of rejection. 
The stone of Faith and the stone of Hope, 
He has placed both in the corner, 
But the stone of love he places above 
For his Companions to see and ponder." 

Our good friend, Grand Treasurer Albert T. Hanby, pre- 
sented an impressive financial statement. He indicated receipts 
in excess of disbursements, with investments valued at $149,- 
624.00, and a Memorial Trust Fund of $23,400.00. 

It is noted from the Grand High Priest's address that a 
gain of 5,500 new members was recorded during the past two 
years. This is a remarkable advance in membership. 

Before making reference to the Fraternal Review this 
Correspondent desires to pay tribute to one whose death comes 
to us as a decided shock. John M. Core has reviewed Canada 
for some years, and we have grown to consider him as one of 
our most brilliant and gifted writers. Truly he will be missed 
by his fellow correspondents of the Round Table. May we 
tender to our friends of Pennslyvania our deepest sympathy 
in the passing of one of the great pillars of Masonry. We share 
your loss and will cherish memories of a long range friendship 
with one whom we honored, respected and admired. 

It is with interest that we learn that William H. Micheals 
is now entrusted with the review of our jurisdiction. Well up 
to the lofty standard of previous reviews we find Canada gen- 
erously treated. Comp. Micheals leaves little to be desired. 
He accords full coverage to our 1946 Convocation with liberal 
extracts from our Grand Z.'s address. He refers to the presen- 
tation of Fifty- Year Jewels to a number of our veterans and 
comments on the report of a number of Chapters who reported 
"no Companions in arrears". He seeks the prescription for this 
condition. May we say that this is far from true in many 
Chapters. It can, however, be attributed to first and foremost 



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the selection of new material, and secondly to the efficiency of 
the Chapter's Scribe E., or Secretary as you know this officer. 
An indifferent Scribe E. invariably reports a host of unpaid 
dues. 

To return to Comp Micheals' review, we should say that his 
all-too-kind reference to our last review is much appreciated. 
Beyond the opportunity of making new friendships the only 
compensation for long hours of reviewing is found in the words 
of commendation by our opposite numbers in other jurisdic- 
tions. Many thanks, Comp. Micheals. Without making this 
sound too much like a mutual admiration society, may we 
congratulate you on a splendid review of Canada. We have 
thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated your comments and shall 
look forward with undisguised pleasure to our yearly contact. 

Following the election of officers Charles F. Weeks was 
declared and installed as Grand High Priest. The Grand Secre- 
tary's office continues in the capable hands of John C. F. Kitsel- 
man. 

Canada is faithfully represented in Pennsylvania by Samuel 
Shaw, while Pennsylvania's representative near our Grand 
Chapter is Past Grand Z., L. F. Stephens, K.C. 

QUEBEC 

A. J. Osgood — Grand First Principal. 
W. W. Williamson — Grand Scribe E. 

The Seventieth Annual Convocation, held in Montreal, 
March 26, 1947, with M. Ex. Comp. Osgood presiding. 

Eight Past Grand Z.'s graced the East. Quebec is indeed 
fortunate in having such an array of active Past Rulers. 
Twenty-Three Sister Jurisdictions were represented by Grand 
Representatives, our Grand Chapter, as usual, was capably 
represented by M. Ex. Comp. D. McLellan. Visitors during the 
evening session included delegations from Massachusetts, New 
York, and Vermont, our Jurisdiction being represented by R. 
Ex. Comp. Dean, Grand H. All received a warm welcome and 
expressions of good-will. 

We have enjoyed reading M. Ex. Comp. Osgood's address. 
It was thoughtfully prefaced and is inspirational, informative 
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From his opening remarks the following is worthy of note — 

"The year just passed has been fraught with fear and suspicion. 
A year of struggle in the attainment of peace. It is our fervent 
prayer that those charged wHh the responsibility of forming a 
lasting peace may be endowed with wisdom, and guided by the 
principles exemplified by the Prince of Peace. God grant that the 
faint glimmer in the east may burst forth into the full sunshine 
of peace and happiness for all mankind." 

The Grand Z. continues with an encouraging comment on 
membership, stating that the gain for the past twelve months 
was the largest in many years. 

In a beautiful tribute to the Fraternal Dead he informed 
Grand Chapter that but seven members of Grand Chapter had 
passed to the Great Beyond. He closes this comment with this 
lovely thought — 

"They do not die who leave their thought 
Imprinted on some recording page; 
They pass, but the work they wrought 
Lives on from age to age." 

Dispensations appear somewhat limited, the majority to 
permit a Companion, who had not served as Worshipful Master 
of a Craft Lodge, to be installed First Principal. We have com- 
mented so frequently on this subject that we content ourselves 
by saying that we strongly appreciate Quebec's attitude in 
this regard. 

We read with interest of his visitations among the Constitu- 
ent Chapters where he was right royally received. Visits to 
other jurisdictions included a friendly reference to his sojourn 
among the Companions of our Grand Chapter in Hamilton. It 
is needless for us to say how delighted we were to have him 
with us. We trust we are not too presumptuous in saying that 
in the meeting we added another link to our golden chain of 
friendship. 

Among his recommendations is one to revise the book of 
Ceremonies with respect to the installation of the Principals, 
using our Ceremonies as a basis for a slight change. We note 
that this revision was later ratified by Grand Chapter. 

The address closes as follows — 

"Companions, may we rededicate ourselves anew to the high 
principles of our Honourable Institution, that we may conduct our- 
selves as Masons should; always an individual imbued with a per- 
sonal responsibility to generate a spiritual uplift that will radiate 
from himself, and by example, bring a higher tone in the living 
of every commuunity." 



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"Never in the history of this old world was 'Brotherly Love, 
Relief and Truth' more needed than today." 

"Rejoice, whatever anguish rend the heart, 
That God has given you the priceless dower 
To live in these great times and have your part 
In freedom's crowning hour." 

Finances according to the Grand Treasurer's report appear 
sound, with revenue well in excess of expenditures, and total 
assets of $40,690.00, which includes a very substantial Benevo- 
lent Fund. 

The report of our very dear friend, Walter Williamson, 
Grand Scribe E., is as usual, very interesting. One cannot 
peruse this report without a feeling that Quebec is like so 
many other Grand Chapters, enjoying a revival of interest in 
the Royal Arch. The net increase in membership being 105. 

The reports of the Grand Superintendents of the five Dis- 
tricts are most entertaining and clearly indicate that these 
officers have carried through their important duties with zeal 
and an unflagging determination to advance the cause of the 
Royal Craft in their respective districts. 

The report of the Committee on the "State of the Order" 
is comparable to our report on the "Condition of Capitular 
Masonry". This report is based upon the Grand Superintend- 
ents reports and provides a clear-cut picture of conditions 
throughout the jurisdiction. 

In the report of the Committee on the "Grand Z.'s Address" 
we find a glowing tribute to the splendid leadership of M. Ex. 
Comp. Osgood, also, we are happy to read words of commenda- 
tion for the efforts of the Grand Scribe E., M. Ex. Comp. Wil- 
liamson, who has attained the age of eighty-five, and like the 
much advertised "Johnny Walker", is still going strong. 

M. Ex. Comp. W. J. Edwards presented his seventeenth 
report on Fraternal Correspondence and Capitular Reviews. 
When we read of the lengthy service of M. Ex. Comp. Edwards 
we are inclined to feel that our experience is that of a tyro. 
We find inspiration in his Reviews and have enjoyed his all- 
too-brief Foreword. 

Our Grand Chapter Convocation of 1946 is courteously re- 
viewed with note and comment on our various activities. We 
particularly appreciate the friendly reference to the work of 



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the Welfare Committee of the Toronto Districts, and his com- 
ment on our "Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund", which, 
by the way, is steadily advancing to the objective of $50,000.00. 
Need we say that his kind reference to our last Review is as 
music to our ears, and is greatly enhanced by the knowledge 
that it comes from one so talented and experienced as M. Ex. 
Comp. Edwards. Many thanks, Comp. Edwards, we have en- 
joyed our brief sojourn (by correspondence) in Quebec. 

Grand Z. Osgood was re-elected for a second term and Grand 
Scribe E. Williamson continues in the office which he has so 
ably filled for many years. 

Our Grand Chapter is represented among our friends of 
Quebec by M. Ex. Comp. D. McLean, while this Correspondent 
deems it no small honor to carry the commission of our Sister 
Province near our Grand Chapter. 

QUEENSLAND 

R. N. F. Quinn — First Grand Principal. 

S. W. Coulter— Grand Scribe E. 

Annual Convocation, October 2, 1946, held in Brisbane. 
The Supreme Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form 
and solemn prayer. 

After a warm welcome by the First Grand Principal, refer- 
ence was made to those who had passed on since the last 
Convocation. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Quinn must be classed as an 
epic. How dearly we should like to quote it in its entirety but 
lack of space demands that we content ourselves with a few 
short extracts from his inspirational address — 

"Justice then becomes a shining light in a man's heart, trans- 
forming his passion into tolerance and equity." 

"You are well aware that thought is not an end in itself; to 
attain its fulfilment it must be translated into acion." 

"It is the Brotherhood of Man, and not the superficial differences 
now dividing them, that counts. Build, not with stones, but with 
the elements of Justice, Truth, and Benevolence." 

"Each of us plays his part in the torrent of everchanging ex- 
perience of human progress — ever looking forward — guided by the 
light of knowledge attained by our Companions who have passed 
this way before us in the quest of Truth." 



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"Today we are known as a body giving service to humanity — 
may we continue worthy of this high commendation, and endeavour 
to give effect to the dominant urge in all men to aspire to higher 
things — give a spontaneous visualisation of life, a vivid image of 
that which we all desire — and extol the grandeur and extent of the 
plan. Its influence and usefulness — who can measure? We plant 
the seed, the growth is with our God." 

Following the Grand Z.'s address, its roll-call of Grand 
Representatives resulted in thirty-nine representatives answer- 
ing the call. These, as we have grown to expect, included the 
ever faithful J. Shirra, Sr., who represents Canada in Queens- 
land. It is noteworthy that nineteen absentees sent letters of 
apology for their absence. How different in Canada where it 
is seldom that an absent Grand Representative extends this 
courtesy to Grand Chapter. 

During this session a report was made on the institution 
of three new Chapters. One of these was named Gloucester, 
no doubt in honor of the Duke of Gloucester, who for a time 
was Australia's Governor-General. It is quite evident by the 
formation of these new Chapters that Royal Arch Masonry 
"down under" is definitely on the move. 

From the Grand Treasurer's report we are interested to 
learn that receipts are well in advance of expenses, while the 
total assets approximate $65,000.00. 

After receiving reports of the various officers and commit- 
tees the election of officers for 1947 took place and once again 
M. Ex. Comp. Quinn was unanimously elected First Grand 
Principal. Having been proclaimed according to ancient cus- 
tom M. Ex. Comp. Quinn again assumed the Throne. R. Ex. 
Comp. S. W. Coulter continues as Grand Scribe E. 

According to the statistical record appearing in the Pro- 
ceedings Queensland enjoyed a very successful year with an 
increase in membership as the outstanding feature. 

Canada, as already been mentioned, is represented in 
Queensland by J. Shirra, Sr., while Queensland's representa- 
tive near our Grand Chapter is Neil A. McEachern. 



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RHODE ISLAND 

Harlow G. Bemis — Grand High Priest. 

Edward M. Wheeler — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Forty-Ninth Annual Convocation 
was held in Providence, March 12, 1946, with M. Ex. Comp. 
Bemis presiding. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form with prayer at 
the Altar by the Associate Grand Chaplain followed by the 
singing of the National Anthem. 

Ten Past Grand High Priests and thirty-three Grand Rep- 
resentatives were in attendance. We note with regret that 
Canada's representative failed to respond. 

Guests were numerous and hailed from the Grand Chapters 
of Maine, Vermont, Virginia, New York, Connecticut, Massa- 
chusetts and Pennsylvania. Representatives were also present 
Grand Lodge of Rhode Island, the latter being represented by 
from the Scottish Rite, Royal and Select Masters and the 
M. Wor. Bro. H. A. Crowell, Grand Master. All were formally 
received with appropriate honors and cordially greeted. 

The address of the Grand High Priest was not lengthy but 
was very complete. From his opening remarks we extract the 
following — 

"God has smiled upon us and permitted us to advance from a 
purgatory of economic ills, war and pestilence to a point where we 
may be beckoned to build a greater temple of society ahead." 

After referring to the Fraternal Dead the Grand High 
Priest referred to appointments to the Corps of Grand Repre- 
sentatives, amendments to By-Laws and dispensations, these 
latter were purely routine, although one dispensation to attend 
Divine Service in Chapter formation attracts our interest. 
After enumerating his visits, both local and to other Grand 
Chapters, M. Ex. Comp. Bemis referred to general conditions 
and spoke hopefully of the future. In comparison with recent 
years, he stated that Rhode Island has made a tremendous 
gain in membership with a greater display of interest and im- 
proved ritualistic work. 

He paid tribute to his officers and Past Grand High Priests, 
closing a fine address with these words — 



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"We have an institution that is very old. Its glories do not 
exist for us in the records of the past. The present is our most 
sacred possession and must be kept alive by our enthusiasm.? 

The various officers of Grand Chapter in Rhode Island also 
prepare written reports which are published and provide inter- 
esting reading. 

The Grand Treasurer's report indicates that fiscal affairs 
are sound. Total assets being $24,058.15. 

The Grand Secretary's report also conveys enlightening 
statistics, the outstanding feature being a statement that a 
gain in membership was recorded for the first time since 1928 
— Congratulations are in order. 

Edward M. Wheeler writes the report on Foreign Corre- 
spondence. After reading the Proceedings of forty-six Grand 
Chapters he speaks of the great advance made in the past 
year and furnishes figures as to the membership which are 
indeed encouraging. 

Following the election of officers, Edward M. Arnold was 
installed as Grand High Priest, while, as one would expect, 
Edward M. Wheeler continues as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

Canada is represented in Rhode Island by Norris G. Abbott, 
while Rhode Island is represented in Canada by Edward H. 
Brennan. 

SASKATCHEWAN 

R. W. Kirby— Grand Z. 

A. A. Wilson — Grand Scribe E. 

The Twenty-Third Annual Convocation, held in Prince 
Albert, May 23, 1946, with M. Ex. Comp. Kirby on the Throne. 

Ten Past Grand Z.'s were in attendance as also were twenty- 
two Grand Representatives, these latter being accorded a wel- 
come and a friendly message to be transmitted to their respec- 
tive jurisdictions. 

Distinguished guests included the rulers of the Royal Craft 
in Manitoba, Alberta, Minnesota and North Dakota. 



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It is interesting to note that a charter was granted to a new 
Chapter to be known as Victory Chapter, which may be ac- 
cepted as an evidence that conditions in Saskatchewan are on 
the upward trend. 

We have thoroughly enjoyed reading the address of Dr. 
Kirby, which is anything but lengthy, but on the other hand, 
fully covers his official acts for the past year. After a formal, 
yet friendly greeting to those present, he had a word for the 
Past Grand Z.'s and paraphrased the old Roman salutation by 
saying "we who now bear the standard salute you." Following 
this greeting he spoke of the close of the war and we are con- 
strained to quote a few lines from this section of this address — 

"Unfortunately the flush of victory has proven very pale. About 
us the forces of unrest and mistrust are gathered. We, here in this 
democracy, have reason to pause in wonder, and to analyze the 
many voices that call us markers of short cuts out of the wilder- 
ness. Now is the time to implement the principles of Masonry. 
This great opportunity is ours if we seize it. Visionary and forceful 
leadership we must have if this peace is to be consolidated." 

The Grand Z. reports changes in the Corps of Grand Rep- 
resentatives. Among the new appointments we note that our 
commission is now carried by M. Ex. Comp. Lome Johnson. 
May we say that we are very happy in the selection of M. Ex. 
Comp. Johnson as our Grand Representative and take this 
opportunity of extending a fraternal greeting. 

Visitations are noted by the Grand Z., but owing to profes- 
sional duties he was unable to visit as many Chapters as he 
should have wished. Referring to the Proceedings of Grand 
Chapter he expressed the hope that never again would it be 
necessary to forego the printing of this yearly record. He 
further comments, ' 'Owing to this cause we have broken our 
continuity of contact with many Grand Bodies". To all of 
which we fervently say "Here, here". We have missed Sas- 
katchewan and are glad to again have an opportunity of re- 
viewing this "up and going" Grand Chapter. 

Under official acts he has this to say — 

"May I express the hope that the considerable increases re- 
ported by our Chapters may be real in the sense that they have 
chosen their new Companions with discretion. We experienced a 
similar trend throughout Masonry following the last war, but they 
were not permanent. We need earnest men who stand on principle, 
who have minds of their own and the voice and conviction to stand 
their ground. God grant that we may be surrounded by men!" 



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This most inspiring address concludes with the following — 

"My personal thanks ero out to all our good Companions whc 
have been the bulwark of Royal Arch Masonry throughout the years 
and whom we know will continue to be as long as they are able to 
form the arch." 

At this juncture we note the arrival of our Grand Z., M. Ex. 
Conm R. V. Conover. who is the first Grand First Principal 
from Ontario to visit Saskatchewan since 1923. It is noted 
with satisfaction that M. Ex. Comp. Conover was elected an 
Honorary Member of Sasketchewan. 

The Grand Treasurer's report indicates that fiscal affairs 
are sound, with assets over liabilities of $3,616.00. 

The Grand Scribe E.'s report is also most interesting, the 
hierhlio-ht of which is the report of a substantial gain in mem- 
bership. 

The report on the ' 'Condition of Capitular Masonry" pro- 
vides a splendid pen-picture of Royal Arch Masonry in Sas- 
katchewan. From this report we excerpt the following — 

"We recommend that the office of Grand Superintendents of 
Districts be considered as an office of great importance more than 
as an honorarium or as a reward for long and faithful service in 
constituent Chapters." 

This Correspondent has always maintained that the office 
of Grand Superintendent be filled by the most highly aualified 
Companion available, regardless as to his Chapter's claim for 
consideration. It is not a popularity contest, nor should any 
Chapter aspire to furnish a Grand Superintendent unless it can 
produce a skilled Craftsman well versed in Masonic knowledge, 
one with administrative ability who has the personality and 
power of leadership. Sorry for this lengthy comment, but we 
feel very keenly on this subject and heartily endorse the com- 
mittee's comment. 

Following the election of officers George Lythgoe was de- 
clared and installed Grand Z., while A. A. Wilson was elected 
and invested as Grand Scribe E. 

While Saskatchewan appoints a Committee on Fraternal 
Correspondence, we regret that this committee does not fur- 
nish a published report. 

Our representative in Saskatchewan is M. Ex. Comp. Lome 
Johnston. Saskatchewan's representative near our Grand Chap- 
ter is R. Ex. Comp. J. Alex. Sollitt. 



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SCOTLAND 

Major R. H. F. Moncreiff— Grand Z. 

T. P. Nathaniel— Depute Grand Z. 

George E. Howell — Grand Scribe E. 

Quarterly Convocation, held in Edinburgh, December 20, 
1946, with the Grand Z. on the Throne. 

After Grand Chapter had been opened in Ample Form the 
Depute Grand Z. tendered congratulations to M. Ex. Comp. 
Moncreiff on his appointment as substitute Grand Master of the 
Grand Lodge of Scotland. A motion to increase the Exaltation 
Fee and the cost of Constitution and Laws was presented and 
carried to be effective February 13, 1947. Dispensation was 
granted for the formation of a new Chapter in Southern Rho- 
desia to be known as "Harmony Chapter". In closing Grand 
Chapter the Grand Z. stated that he hoped that this will be 
the last austerity Christmas. From all reports, we in Canada, 
are inclined to believe that our Scottish Companions are facing 
an increased austerity programme this year. 

Quarterly, held February 21, 1947. This meeting was con- 
fined to the presentation of the Financial Report and other 
routine business. Petitions were received from various parts 
of Scotland's far-flung jurisdiction for the formation of new 
Chapters. It is interesting to note that these petitions came 
from British Guiana, New South Wales, South Africa, and the 
Western Mediterranean. Nominations for the various offices 
were recorded. 

The reports of the Grand Superintendents from far off 
points were received. These provide interesting reading. They 
tell of conditions in India, South Africa, Transvaal and Trinidad 
where zealous Royal Craftsmen are carrying on the work of 
the Royal Arch in many cases under difficulty. This applies 
particularly to India and South Africa. 

At the Quarterly, held March 7, 1947, a portrait of the late 
Marquis of Ailsa was unveiled by the Grand First Principal, 
who spoke feelingly of the Marquis of Ailsa, who for thirty 
years presided as First Grand Principal. Following the busi- 
ness meeting the election of officers was held and M. Ex. Comp. 



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Moncreiff was re-elected as First Grand Principal, while G. A. 
Howell was again the choice for Grand Scribe E. 

The Installation of the entire line of officers took place at 
the Quarterly, held June 20, 1947, at which Convocation the 
Grand Scribe E. was presented with a silver salver by the Dis- 
trict Royal Arch Chapter of Trinidad. The financial report 
was received and adopted. Other reports having been disposed 
of, the First Grand Principal referred to a contemplated visit 
by a groun of Canadian Masons in 1948, and informed Grand 
Chapter that a committee composed of members from both 
Grand Lodge and Grand Chapter had been formed to make 
arrangements for their reception. 

Reference was also made to the receipt of parcels of food 
from New South Wales, which parcels had been duly dis- 
tributed among deserving Companions and their dependents. 

The Supreme Grand Chapter was then closed in Ample 
Form. 

Canada's representative in Scotland is The Earl of Lauder- 
dale. Scotland's commission in Canada is open at this writing 
due to the recent death of W. H. Wardrope, K.C. In the pass- 
ing of our distinguished Companion Canada has lost one of the 
foremost exponents of Masonry. A leader in all branches of 
the Craft M. Wor. Bro. Wardrope will be sorely missed by his 
friends and associates. 

SOUTH CAROLINA 

W. C. Sheely— Grand High Priest. 

0. Frank Hart — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Thirty-Fourth Annual Convocation, 
held in Greenwood, April 16, 1947, with M. Ex. Comp. Sheely 
presiding. 

Four Past Grand High Priests were in attendance, as also 
were Grand Representatives to the number of twenty-seven. 
These were formally welcomed, and in his remarks M. Ex. 
Comp. Sheely emphasized the advisability of developing 
stronger relationship with other Grand Chapters. 



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The honored guests included leaders of the Knights Templar 
and the Grand Council. M. Wor. Bro. A. J. M. Wannamaker, 
Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of South Carolina was also 
received and warmly greeted. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Sheely was anything but 
lengthv, but in a limited space he fully covers the year's activi- 
ties. He opened his remarks with a friendly word to all present 
and then proceeded to enumerate his official acts. After men- 
tioning his appointments and the very few dispensations he 
had granted, he listed his visitations throughout the jurisdic- 
tion as well as those to other Grand Bodies. 

He referred to the "State of the Craft" as satisfactory in 
point of increased membership, but regretted a failure in some 
Chapters in the matter of attendance. Finances are steadily 
improving and mentioned several dormant Chapters which have 
been revived and are again active. He closed his address with 
a word of thanks for the honor of having served as Grand 
High Priest. 

As expected from M. Ex. Comp. Sheely's remarks the Grand 
Treasurer's report appears most encouraging. South Dakota 
has an investment in Government and other Bonds of 
$26,549.00. 

From the statistical resume of the Grand Secretary we note 
a gain in membership of 390, which merits our congratulations 
on a highly successful year. 

The Review of Capitular Masonry was written by Henry 
Collins, who prefaced his reviews by stating that this is his 
thirteenth annual review, and in many ways the most encourag- 
ing. He states "finances are good, interest is high and in all 
there seems to be a new day for Capitular Masonry". To all 
of which this Correspondent heartily subscribes. 

Canada is generously and courteously reviewed with liberal 
extracts from our Grand Z.'s address, a reference to our "Vic- 
tory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund" and a friendly comment 
on our last Review. It has been a pleasure to again review 
South Carolina and we do appreciate the treatment Canada 
has received at the hands of Comp. Collins. 

Following the election of officers M. Ex. Comp. Sheely was 
re-elected Grand High Priest and fully installed. 0. Frank 



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Hart continues as Grand Secretary, while the next place of 
meeting is to be Charleston. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

Herbert F. Thomson is South Carolina's representative in 
Canada, while W. G. Bamby is Canada's representative in 
South Carolina. 

TENNESSEE 

W. R. Singleton— Grand High Priest. 

T. E. Doss — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Eighteenth Annual Convocation, held 
in Nashville, January 27, 1947, with M. Ex. Comp. Singleton 
presiding. 

The Grand High Priest opened Grand Chapter in Ample 
Form after which the devotional and patriotic exercises were 
observed. 

Among the honored guests were leaders of Grand Lodge, 
Grand Council, Knights Templar and the Ancient Accepted 
Scottish Rite, all of whom were warmly greeted and received 
with the customary Grand Honors. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Singleton was outstanding in 
many respects. He covered much ground in a comparatively 
short space recording his various official acts in abridged form. 
He set an example of brevity without loss of detail. In his 
opening remarks he stated that the year just closed was the 
greatest in point of increased membership in the history of 
Grand Chapter. After a reference to the loss sustained by 
death he spoke of his visitations, announced his appointments 
and listed his dispensations. These latter were but three in 
number and all covered purely administrative matters. Deal- 
ing with the request for financial support for the American 
Cancer Society he spoke of the subscriptions made by the in- 
dividual Chapters and recommended a grant of $250.00 from 
Grand Chapter to assist in fighting this dread disease. Among 
his other recommendations was one to increase the allowance 
to representatives to eight cents per mile one way, and a per 
diem allowance of eight dollars. The address closes with a 



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glowing tribute to the Grand Secretary and others for their 
assistance and support. 

From the Grand Treasurer's report we note that receipts 
and disbursements about balance. Investments in United 
States Bonds total $13,500.00. 

The Grand Secretary records a gain of 1,144 members. 
Congratulations on a most successful year. 

The report of the Committee on Jurisprudence is lengthy, 
but contains nothing that appears contentious. A recommen- 
dation to increase the Grand Secretary's stipend by $500.00 is 
noted. 

The report, on Correspondence is by Past Grand High Priest 
J. I. Walker, and as to be expected from the pen of such a 
talented and experienced writer, the report is well worth read- 
ing. In his Foreword he refers to this his sixteenth pilgrimage 
through the Capitular world. He speaks of past achievements 
and takes a bright and hopeful outlook for the future of Royal 
Arch Masonry. We quote a line or two from this very enter- 
taining Foreword — 

"While the chaotic condition of the world has not been entirely 
relieved, yet we find Royal Arch Masonry doing its bit in that 
direction to the extent that it is recognized as an agency for good, 
and worthy of our highest esteem and most loyal support." 

And now we turn to his Review of Canada. Our 1946 Con- 
vocation is fully covered in a most friendly and generous man- 
ner. He prefaces his comments by saying that we achieved 
another Capitular "touchdown", which language is well under- 
stood and appreciated by this Correspondent, who among his 
many other weaknesses admits being a rabid rugby fan. 

Excerpts from our Grand Z.'s address, a comment on statis- 
tics and a reference to our various reports, all find place in the 
Review. We acknowledge with pleasure and appreciation his 
most friendly reference to our last Review. He even takes 
space for a liberal quotation from our Foreword and has some 
really nice things to say about this Correspondent personally, 
all of which enhances our desire to visit Tennessee. We have 
not forgotten the kind invitation of last year, and sincerely 
hope that time and circumstances may permit us to meet our 
opposite member in Tennessee in the not too distant future. 



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Accept our sincere thanks, Comp. Walker, it has been an un- 
usual pleasure to again review your jurisdiction. 

Following" the election of officers S. D. Shamblin was de- 
clared and installed Grand High Priest. The office of Grand 
Secretary continues to be the responsibility of T. E. Doss, who 
apparently is a tower of strength in the Grand Chapter of 
Tennessee. 

Tennessee is represented by an outstanding Craftsman in 
Canada, A. P. Freed, who unfortunately is located many, many 
miles distant from the usual meeting place of our Grand Chap- 
ter, hence his occasional absence from our Convocation is ex- 
cusable. Our Grand Representative in Tennessee is R. K. 
Roney, Sr. 

TEXAS 

W. H. Telfair— Grand High Priest. 

Frank Oldham — Grand Secretary. 

The Ninety-Seventh Annual Convocation, held in Waco, 
December 2nd, 1946, with M. Ex. Comp. Telfair presiding. 

After the opening ceremonies and an impressive prayer by 
the Grand Chaplain the roll of Past Grand High Priests was 
called, seventeen responded. 

Thirty-Seven Grand Representatives assembled about the 
Altar and were extended the customary greeting. We note 
with regret the absence of Canada's Ambassador of Good- Will. 

During the evening session many distinguished guests were 
received. These included the Grand Master of the Grand 
Lodge of Texas, who was accompanied by a numerous retinue 
of Grand Lodge Officers, the Grand Master of Grand Council, 
the Grand Commander, Knights Templar, and a delegation 
from the Grand Chapter of Oklahoma. All were received with 
fitting honors and warmly welcomed. 

Twenty-eight pages are required to record the annual ad- 
dress of M. Ex. Comp. Telfair. To say that this address is 
complete is but a mild expression. The Grand High Priest 
covers in detail all his official acts. Truly this is a literary 
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After his introductory remarks he paid tribute to the 
Fraternal Dead and enumerated his many appointments. 

Many dispensations were granted covering administrative 
matters, a reference was made to the issuing of twenty-five- 
year certificates to Companions who were in good standing and 
who had served for this period. While the report indicates 
that one Charter was arrested as the Chapter was dormant, 
several new Chapters were instituted during the year. 

Visitations are fully covered in detail, all indicated that 
throughout the jurisdiction interest and enthusiasm abounds. 

After words of commendation for the work of the Grand 
Secretary and other officers, the Grand High Priest closes his 
address by quoting a very entertaining poem entitled : "When 
I Was a Boy". As we read this poetic effort we are constrained 
to say that there is more than a modicum of truth in the senti- 
ment or theme of the poem. We quote the last verse only — 

"But now that youthful days have gone 

And youthful dreams have fled; 
And by-gone years are many, compared 

With the few that loom ahead: 
I sometimes pause in my little place, 

In my world of little men — 
To dream of the wonderful things I'd do 

If I were a boy again." 

In a supplemental report by M. Ex. Comp. Telfair reference 
is made to the Home for Aged Masons in Arlington. An illus- 
tration of this Home appears as a frontispiece to the Proceed- 
ings and impresses one with the thought as we have remarked 
in previous Reviews, that the Masons of Texas have set a mark 
in humanitarianism that few Grand Chapters can hope to 
emulate. The Grand High Priest mentioned improvements to 
be made to cost $110,000.00, of this amount Grand Chapter 
has paid $80,000.00 and recommends a further grant of 
$30,000.00. Truly a magnificent undertaking. 

The Grand Treasurer's report shows a financial standing, 
which to say the least, is formidable and impressive. Receipts 
$173,125.05, expenditures $120,222.59, with a permanent fund 
of $52,831.00, after deducting $100,000.00 for the Home for 
Aged Masons. Investments in Government Bonds $47,100.00 
and total assets of $1,110,058.00. 



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The Grand Secretary's report is comprehensive, the high- 
light being an increase in membership of 3,835. Certainly this 
may be classed as a most successful year. 

Perhaps one of the most outstanding features of the Pro- 
ceedings of Texas is the address of the Grand Orator. After 
reading this eloquent dissertation on "Royal Arch Masonry and 
the Human Crisis" we are constrained to say that Comp. B. E 
Looney is well qualified to assume the title of Grand Orator. 
Would that space permitted the quoting of this address in its 
entirety. We can only give a few meagre lines of an address 
that every Mason everywhere should be permitted to read. 
It is a classic. Here is a sample — 

"The fighting of the recent World War II, indeed, has ended, 
but the freedom from strife, ill-will, greed and avariciousness among 
the engaging allies have not ceased. This is true both internation- 
ally and intranationally. 'Confusion worse confounded' is the state 
of the world today. Man has lost his way in his upward and onward 
march: he is like a herd of cattle in the whirl of stampede. He 
seems to be in utter disregard of the threatening possibility of th3 
complete annihilation of forces of good through the destructive in- 
struments of war perfected by the ingenious skill of designing evil 
forces. Men — leaders so-called, inte.ligent men, so-cailsd — and 
nations have become mentally, morally and physically unbalanced 
and irresponsible." 

We have been amazed at the extent of finances of Texas, 
but note that the per capita tax to Grand Chapter is twenty-five 
cents, to this must be added an addiional fifty cents per mem- 
ber to assist in supporting the Home for Aged Masons. A dis- 
pensation for a new Chapter is assessed at $100.00 and Chap- 
ters requiring the services of officers similar to our Grand 
Lecturer, must pay at the rate of $10.00 per day. 

The Capitular Review is decidedly a feature of the Pro- 
ceedings of Texas. This report is from the gifted pen of R. Lee 
Joiner. His Foreword is written in masterly style and contains 
lofty thoughts and ideals. He speaks of the great number 
of Chapters in England where quality in membership rather 
than quantity, is the predominate note. He states that the 
average attendance is approximately forty members, but read 
his comments. We quote — 

"A few very select men, united in the pursuit of those sublime 
truths contained in Masonic teachings, living, learning, teaching and 
practising — making Masonry a vital and eternal force in their lives, 
and in the lives of all whom they may contact." 



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He also reminds us in these words, that this is a day of 
rebuilding — 

"This is a day of rebuilding, and only those things which 'have 
the mark of antiquity upon them' (that is to say which are eternal 
in their value), 'will be of service to the Craft in the erection of the 
new building'. And never has Masonry — never has this fast shrink- 
ing world of ours — needed the full realization of the value of divine 
truth, of genuine brotherhood of man, and of a universal conception 
of the fatherhood of God as it so sorely needs these things today. Not 
only needs but must have, if any of our hopes for a new temple 
being erected among the old ruins are to be realized. No other 
foundation can ever stand the storms, or defy the quicksands which 
even now are gathering force for a destruction more completely 
disastrous than any we have experienced." 

May we tender sincere congratulations to our good friend, 
Comp. Joiner, in presenting an admirable preface to his Re- 
views. 

Five pages are generously devoted to a review of Canada. 
Nothing of import appears to have escaped his scrutinizing eye. 
He quotes from our Grand Z.'s address and notes the ruling 
anent the Past Masters' Degree and comments upon our Life 
Membership problems, suggesting that our report on this vexed 
question is something every Grand Chapter should study. We 
agree. Two pages are required for his all too kind comment on 
our last Review. Comp. Joiner quotes liberally from our Fore- 
word and appears well pleased with our treatment of Texas. 
Need we say that his verbal bouquet is full compensation for 
any effort we have put forth in reviewing the realm of Capitu- 
iarism. While we feel that he has been over generous in his 
remarks, we nevertheless shall store them away in our mental 
archives among our other treasures. Thank you, Comp. Joiner, 
believe us sincere when we say that we consider your Reviews 
among the very best that come to our attention. 

J. D. Cox was elected and duly installed as Grand High 
Priest. Frank Oldham was re-invested as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at 10 p.m., Decem- 
ber 2nd, 1946. 

Canada's Representative in Texas is Temple Morrow, while 
Texas is represented in Canada by W. E. Gowling. 



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UTAH 

Harold R. Waldo—Grand High Priest. 

Bert Atwater — Grand Secretary. 

The Thirty-Sixth Annual Convocation, held in Provo, June 
11, 1947, with M. Ex. Comp. Waldo presiding. Grand Chapter 
was opened in Ample Form followed by the Invocation by the 
Grand Chaplain. 

Ten Past Grand High Priests were accorded the customary 
reception. Thirty Grand Representatives answered the roll- 
call and were officially received. 

We characterize the address of M. Ex. Comp. Waldo as 
short but interesting and illuminative. 

After greeting all present in a friendly manner M. Ex. 
Comp. Waldo refers to the place of the Royal Arch in the 
Masonic structure. Here is a short extract— 

"As we are so often reminded there is an intimate and indissoluble 
connection between Ancient Craft Masonry and the Royal Arch, 
and it is our responsibility to see that every newly raised Master 
Mason is informed of this and given the opportunity to seek that 
further light in Masonry we alone can give." 

Following a sympathetic reference to the Fraternal Dead 
the Grand High Priest enumerates his appointments and dis- 
pensations. As a matter of fact, he was asked for but one of 
the latter. Official visits are listed as also courtesies extended 
to other Grand Chapters. He speaks of the advantage of the 
Order of High Priesthood and reminds his audience that it is 
obligatory that all present and past High Priests seek admis- 
sion to this Order. While we in Canada, recognize the High 
Priesthood, it is not compulsory for our Chapter rulers to apply 
for membership. 

M. Ex. Comp. Waldo concludes an inspiring address by 
paying glowing tribute to the Grand Officers, Past and Present. 

The Grand Treasurer's report is not lengthy, but from it we 
learn that receipts exceed expenses and finances are on a sound 
satisfactory basis. 

Grand Secretary Atwater informs us through the medium 
of his report that a net gain in membership is recorded for 
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R. Ex. Comp. John E. Carver presented an eloquent report 
on Necrology. We quote an impressive thought — 

"The beauty and new life thtat has transformed all the dullness 
and dreary somberness of the winter into a land of promise and 
hope this June day but dimly reflects the reality that awaits each 
of us, when, from senility and weakness of age or supine helpless- 
ness of an invalids room, new life of immortality transforms and 
carries each of us through the sunshine of new doors into eternity." 

When you require a job to be well done, select a busy man, 
and this is precisely what Utah has done in selecting Grand 
Secretary Bert Atwater to write the Fraternal Review. His 
admirable Foreword is prefaced by this cheery thought poetic- 
ally expressed — 

"In the spirit of the season 

That comes once every year, 
To Foreign Correspondents 

Of our Chapters far and near, 
Utah sends its greetings 

To show you that we care. 
And help you feel more truly 

That Masonry's in the air." 

He speaks hopefully of the future of Royal Arch Masonry 
and states that Utah appears to have been overlooked by some 
Correspondents. This hits home to the Writer, who finds that 
we are among the culprits. However, let us assure Comp. At- 
water that any omission was not of the heart, but due entirely 
to failure to receive a copy of Utah's Proceedings. 

And now we turn to the Review of Canada only to find that 
we are not among the favored. No doubt our Proceedings 
failed to reach their destination in time for inclusion. We trust 
that next year we, too, may take a seat in the charmed circle 
of those under review. 

We have read your Reviews of various jurisdictions with 
much interest, Comp. Atwater, and congratulate you upon a 
most entertaining Review. 

The election of officers resulted in the elevation of Fred E. 
Ray to the exalted position of Grand High Priest. It is need- 
less to say that the efficient Bert Atwater continues as Grand 
Secretary. 

Herman L. Baner represents Canada in Utah, while V. M. 
Hare, one of our Masonic veterans, represents Utah near our 
Grand Chapter. 



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VERMONT 

Charles A. Von Bruns — Grand High Priest. 

Aaron H. Grout — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Thirtieth Annual Convocation, held 
in Burlington, June 10th, 1947. 

Grand Chapter having been opened according to ancient 
form, prayer was offered by the Grand Chaplain and the Flag 
presented at the Altar. 

Twelve Past Grand High Priests were presented and form- 
ally greeted as were forty Grand Representatives, Harry B. 
Springstead responded for Canada. A host of distinguished 
visitors were in attendance. These hailed from the neighbor- 
ing Grand Chapters of Quebec, New Jersey, New Hampshire, 
Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Also 
gracing Grand Chapter by their presence were the Grand 
Master of Grand Council and M. Wor. Bro. J. Harold Stacey, 
Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Vermont. We are always 
glad to note the presence of the Grand Master of our basic 
institution. The Craft Lodge and the Royal Arch Chapter are 
indissolubly bound together with a common objective, hence 
our feeling that Grand Lodge should always be represented at 
a Grand Chapter Convocation. 

The guests were all warmly welcomed and received with 
fitting honors. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Von Bruns is comparatively 
brief as such addresses go, but the Grand High Priest gives full 
coverage to his official acts without an over-plus of detail. 
After a most friendly greeting to all present and a beautiful 
tribute to those who have passed "Beyond" he enumerated his 
visitations to the Constituent Chapters and other fraternal 
bodies. 

No decisions were sought and but eighteen dispensations 
asked for, these latter were all purely routine and were granted. 

Under the caption "Condition of the Order", the Grand 
High Priest spoke encouragingly of general conditions and 
tabulated a report on the result of the year's work in individual 
Chapters. He recommended that Bonds be given as prizes for 



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the largest percentage of increase in membership in the vari- 
ous Chapters. He also suggested that an additional $10000 
be granted to the Grand High Priest toward expenses. The 
address concludes with a word of appreciation for the honor 
conferred upon him as Grand High Priest. 

From the report of the Grand Secretary we learn that Ver- 
mont recorded a substantial net gain in membership, despite 
a somewhat heavy death rate. A number of Chapters recorded 
increases from eleven to thirty-eight per cent. The Grand 
Secretary also refers to a booklet recently issued for distribu- 
tion to prospective petitioners. This apparently is producing 
results and this Correspondent would appreciate a copy should 
this Review come to the notice of M. Ex. Comp. Grout. 

Finances according to Grand Treasurer Brownell appear 
sound. Receipts well in advance of expenditures and a net 
worth of $14,895.00, of which approximately $6,000.00 is in- 
vested in Bonds. 

From an ' 'Unknown Author" the Committee of Necrology 
quotes this poetic thought beautifully expressed — 

"There is only a curtain between us, 

Between the beyond and here, 
They whom we call dead have not left us, 

Nay, they were never so near. 
Not dead, but only promoted, 

They have entered the Order above, 
And there 'neath the smiles of the Master 

They will finish their labor of love." 

It is noted that a number of committees, including "Corre- 
spondence", record "no report". 

Following the election of officers Harry B. Springstead was 
installed as Grand High Priest. The office of Grand Secretary 
continues to be the responsibility of M. Ex. Comp. Aaron H. 
Grout. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened June 9th, 1947. It 
is noted that among those who were received into the Order 
were three Companions from the Maple Leaf Chapter, Montreal. 

Vermont is represented in Canada by Charles H. Sheppard, 
while Canada is privileged to have as representative the newly 
installed Grand High Priest, M. Ex. Comp. Harry B. Spring- 
stead. 



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VICTORIA 

J. Danglow — Grand Z. 

H. 0. Thomas— Grand Scribe E. 

Quarterly Convocation, held in Melbourne, July 18, 1945, 
with M. Ex. Comp. Danglow on the Throne. 

From a communication from the Grand Z. we take the fol- 
lowing extract — 

"The manifold and perplexing moral, social and economic prob- 
lems which will press for solution in the post-war world will repre- 
sent a stern challenge to the foremost statesmen of our time and 
to all right-thinking and God-fearing people, who will have to 
realize that, no matter how well organized the external controls 
or how severe the sanctions devised, peace and true advancement 
among the nations can only ensue and endure as the result of a 
fundamental improvement in the hearts and mental and moral out- 
look of mankind itself." 

Reports of the various committees were received and con- 
sidered, as these prove to be all purely administrative matters, 
this Correspondent has no comment to make. 

Quarterly, held October 17, 1945, with the Grand Z. presid- 
ing. 

From M. Ex. Comp. Danglow's remarks the following at- 
tracts our interest. 

"Royal Arch Masonry is brotherly love in practical terms which 
is most needed in the world, brotherly love and breadth of view, 
tolerance and forebearance and active and energetic service in the 
cause of truth, justice and righteousness, these ultimate and im- 
perishable moral principles which are the very foundations of true 
civilization and which, thanks to God's help and the recent Allied 
victory, have been once more fully and clearly vindicated." 

The Grand Z. refers to the rank he conferred on a number 
of distinguished Companions, he also pays graceful tribute to 
the Fraternal Dead, and reports appointments to the Corps of 
Grand Representatives. V. Ex. Comp. Allan Grant became 
Canada's representative in Victoria, and we hasten to welcome 
him as such. 

The Convocation closed after a Chapter of Exemplification 
had been held. 

Quarterly, held January 16, 1946, with the Grand Z. in the 
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From M. Ex. Comp. Danglow's remarks we extract these 
words — 

"In this ever-widening field of reconstruction endeavor, we 
Royal Arch Freemasons have our part to play, for there is so 
much that we can each of us do towards the promoting of moral 
enlightenment, genuine peace and mutual goodwill within the sphere 
of our personal influence; so much that we can each of us do for 
the glory of God and the good of man." 

At this Convocation nominations were received for the vari- 
ous offices of Grand Chapter. M. Ex. Comp. Danglow was 
again nominated as Grand Z. 

After receiving reports from committees Grand Chapter 
closed in Antient and Solemn Form. 

Quarterly, held April 17, 1946, with M. Ex. Comp. Danglow 
presiding. 

After the usual reports the annual elections took place, and 
as to be expected, M. Ex. Comp. Rabbi J. Danglow was re- 
elected Grand Z., and in due course he was installed into his 
exalted office with due ceremony. The installation of the other 
officers of Grand Chapter followed. 

It is interesting to note that a Charter was granted for the 
formation of a new Chapter, which already had thirty applica- 
tions for membership, and some $1,500.00 in the treasury. 
Truly this is starting off under most favorable auspices. 

Just here we would say, that from reports submitted, Vic- 
toria's finances appear sound and Royal Arch Masonry in 
Australia is making steady progress in the right direction. 

May we say that it has been a delight to hear from and 
Review the Proceedings from our Sister Dominion. 

Canada is represented, and faithfully so, by Allan Grant, 
while Victoria's representative in Canada is S. G. Newdick of 
Toronto. 

VIRGINIA 

Thomas W. Hooper — Grand High Priest. 
James N. Hillman — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Thirty-Ninth Annual Convocation 
was held in Richmond, October 22, 1946, with M. Ex. Comp. 
Hooper presiding. 



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After prayer by the Grand Chaplain, the Grand Chapter 
was opened in Solemn Form, after which the patriotic exercises 
were observed. 

Distinguished guests were ushered in and formally wel- 
comed. These hailed from the Grand Chapters of Pennsyl- 
vania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, 
Ohio, North Carolina, District of Columbia, New Jersey, Dela- 
ware, and our own jurisdiction of Canada. After receiving 
the Grand Commander, Knights Templar, M. Wor. Bro. T. P. 
Coleman, Grand Master of Grand Lodge, was presented at the 
Altar and received with the honors befitting his exalted station 
in the Craft. 

Fourteen Past Grand High Priests were escorted to the 
East and formally greeted. Thirty-three Grand Representa- 
tives were officially welcomed. We note, with regret, the ab- 
sence of Canada's representative. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Hooper was eloquent and 
instructive, free from meaningless platitudes yet studded with 
gems of wisdom and lofty thoughts. After an apt quotation 
from the Psalms he had this to say — 

"By study and experience, however, we have enclosed that 
triangle with more knowledge of Him and formed the circle around 
it of a God who is 'a spirit, infinite, eternal and unchangeable in 
His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, truth, love'; 
and more we have learned that this God is our Father in Heaven. 
That is the eternal and endless tie that binds us in its golden clasp." 

He paid reverent and impressive tribute to the Fraternal 
Dead using this couplet — 

"But 0! for the touch of a vanished hand, 
And the sound of a voice that is still." 

Speaking of world conditions he left with his audience this 
all-too-true thought — 

"Happenings on the earth have been and are of such a nature 
as to frustrate anyone who is not entrenched against such frustra- 
tion. If Royal Arch Masons appreciate the Father that they have, 
there is in their possession the only sufficient entrenchment against 
this or any other frustration." 

Visitations are listed according to date with the omission 
of the somewhat tiresome details characteristic of many such 
addresses. Among his contacts with other jurisdictions he 
mentions that Fitzhugh Lee Grimstead was recommended as 
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Dispensations and decisions are given full coverage. These 
latter are quite interesting in view of the fact that in Canada 
the conditions which form the basis for decisions would not 
apply due to a differentiation in our constitutional require- 
ments. 

M. Ex. Comp. Hooper concludes a magnificent address with 
an inspirational dissertation on our duties to ourselves, our 
neighbour and to God. The final paragraph we quote — 

"How diligently we should study ourselves to learn the equip- 
ment for life that He has given each of us. 'How earnestly we should 
seek to find out what He wishes each of us to do with his life.' 
How faithfully we should give ourselves to accomplishing the task 
which is the reason for His putting us on the earth, the reason for 
His leaving us here, and will be the reason, when that task is com- 
plete, for His continuing our lives in an upper and better Kingdom." 

The report of the Grand Treasurer clearly indicates a strong 
fiscal position carefully managed, receipts in excess of expendi- 
tures, investments of $13,000.00 and a Memorial Loan Fund 
of $9,576.00. 

From the report of Grand Secretary Hillman we learn that 
Virginia notwithstanding heavy losses through death and with- 
drawals, recorded a very substantial increase in membership, 
the net gain being 1,018 new members. 

Among the resolutions adopted is one that automatically 
suspends a member from his Chapter on advice that he has 
been suspended from membership in his Craft Lodge. Should 
he be re-instated in his Lodge he is automatically re-instated 
in his Chapter without ballot. 

The Fraternal Correspondence report is again from the pen 
of that veteran Reviewer, E. Fenno Heath, P.G.H.P., and as 
usual, is skilfully written and intensely interesting. From the 
opening lines of his most entertaining Foreword we excerpt 
the following — 

"Completion of this, our 20th, edition of World Capitular news 
finds us keenly disappointed that so many world problems, political, 
social, territorial, have failed of solution in this first year of so- 
called peace. It is hoped amiable termination of all controversial 
questions may be consummated at an early date, permitting 
world-wide attainment of normal, or near normal, living conditions 
on this war plagued footstool of the Creator." 

He quotes facts and figures from the various jurisdictions 
under review and closes with greetings and best wishes to his 



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contemporaries of the Round Table. We acknowledge his 
friendly words and assure him that this Correspondent heartily 
reciprocates his kindly sentiments. 

And now we turn with avidity to his review of Canada. Cer- 
tainly no fault may be found with his treatment of our 1945 
Convocation. He gives full coverage to our many activities 
with here and there note and comment indicative of his ability 
to peruse and extract from our Proceedings the high-lights of 
our Convocation. He quotes generously from M. Ex. Comp. 
Burden's address and refers to it as an outstanding address 
from an outstanding man. We agree. After dealing generous- 
ly with our various reports he devotes considerable space to a 
quotation from our last Foreword. His kindly references to 
our reviews is much appreciated, and while we feel that he 
views our humble efforts through the proverbial rose-colored 
glasses of a "long distance friendship" we accept them with 
sincere thanks. 

Reviewing Virginia is one of our chief pleasures as a corre- 
spondent. We still cast longing eyes toward the green hills of 
Virginia and are still hopeful that time and circumstances may 
find a way for a visit with our friends and Companions of that 
historic State. Many thanks, Comp. Heath, for a most friendly 
review of Canada. 

Following the election of officers it is noteworthy to read 
that James N. Hillman was unanimously elected Grand High 
Priest. Comp. Hillman served with distinction as Grand Secre- 
tary and brings to his high and exalted office a wealth of ex- 
perience. W. Norwell Woodward assumes the office of Deputy 
Grand Secretary. 

Canada's representative in Virginia, as already noted, is 
F. L. Grimstead, while Virginia is most capably represented 
near our Grand Chapter by the one and only F. G. Smith of 
Ottawa. 

WEST VIRGINIA 

John A. Jackson — Grand High Priest. 

George M. Ford — Grand Secretary. 

The Seventy-Sixth Annual Convocation, held in Parkers- 
burg, October 14, 1946. 



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M. Ex. Comp. Jackson opened Grand Chapter in Full Form. 

A galaxy of distinguished guests were ushered in and re- 
ceived the customary honors. These included the Grand Mas- 
ter of the Grand Lodge of West Virginia, the Sovereign Grand 
Inspector-General of the Scottish Rite and a strong delegation 
from the Grand Commandery. 

After calling the roll of Past Grand High Priests the Grand 
High Priest delivered his annual address. This address gives 
a complete summary of the year's activities and is highly in- 
formative. After prefacing his remarks by a word of welcome 
to those present the Grand High Priest had this to say — 

"Although the war has been brought to a successful close, the 
influence of the great principles of our Order were never more 
needed to help, aid, and assist in rebuilding the moral and economic 
structure in a world full of turmoil and strife. We must do all 
in our power to bring about an era of good will both at home and 
abroad, that men everywhere may understand that the symbol of 
our Order, the Keystone, has been placed in the principal arch of 
the Temple of Friendship and Brotherly Love." 

Appointments, dispensations and visitations all find a place 
in the address, these, of course, have no particular interest to 
an outsider as they are all purely routine. 

Among M. Ex. Comp. Jackson's decisions we note one re- 
questing authority to confer the Royal Arch Degree on a can- 
didate from Georgia. Quite properly the Grand High Priest 
ruled that the request for this courtesy should come from the 
Grand High Priest of Georgia rather than coming from the 
Chapter involved. What attracts our interest, however, is the 
statement that the brother had not received the Council de- 
grees. This would indicate that in West Virginia a candidate for 
Royal Arch Masonry must have the Council degrees as a pre- 
requisite. This seems strange to we Canadians where such a 
practice is unknown, and where there is no direct connection 
between Chapter and Council. 

We learn from the address, and with considerable regret, 
that the one and only George M. Ford has retired after twenty- 
seven years in office. We shall miss his reports which have 
always provided an attraction to this writer. We hope Comp. 
Ford may be spared many years to act in an advisory capacity. 

M. Ex. Comp. Jackson closes a very nice address with words 
of thanks to his officers for their loyal support. 

The Grand Treasurer's report is brief in the extreme, show- 
ing a net worth of $11,325.00. 



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The report of Acting Grand Secretary, E. A. Graham, in- 
forms us that West Virginia, in common with the majority of 
Grand Jurisdictions, enjoyed a successful year with a healthy 
influx of new members. 

The report on Fraternal Correspondence is definitely in 
abridged form and indicates that this year "Reviews" have 
been eliminated. We are sorry to learn of this decision, but 
hope West Virginia may soon return to the fold. 

During the second Session a letter was read from R. Ex. 
Comp. George M. Ford, who was absent through illness. This 
letter, written in Comp. Ford's inimitable style, is intensely in- 
teresting. We should like to quote it in its entirety, but must 
content ourselves with a brief extract so typical of our good 
friend George Ford, who has been most active in Masonry for 
fifty years and is now nearing his eighty-seventh milestone. 
Listen to his comparison of Brothers, Knights, Nobles and 
Companions — 

"Brothers, — yes; Sir Knights, — yes; Nobles, — yes; — but when it 
is summed up none are as close as Companions. Brothers some- 
times are angry and disagree; Knight Templars too formal; Shriners, 
a good bunch of fellows; but a real Companion is the dearest name 
of all, for a Companion is always the same and can be depended 
upon. The writer has been a member of each of the Masonic bodies 
for over fifty years and should Know." 

Uriah Vermillion was elected and installed Grand High 
Priest with W. H. S. White assuming the duties of Grand 
Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

Canada's representative in West Virginia is W. H. Cram- 
blett, while Harry J. McCallum represents West Virginia near 
our Grand Chapter. 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 

Dr. J. L. Rossiter — Grand Z. 

A. W. B. Gleadell— Deputy Grand Z. 
H. C. Anderson — Grand Scribe E. 

The Forty-Second Annual Convocation, held in Perth, Oc- 
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After the ceremonial opening of the Supreme Grand Chap- 
ter, the election of officers was held. 

The address of the Grand First Principal is most interest- 
ing. After thanking the Companions for electing him to office 
for the fourth term, he spoke sympathetically of the loss sus- 
tained through the death of many native and prominent Crafts- 
men. 

After enumerating his dispensations he referred to general 
conditions, which he stated were most favourable. A substan- 
tial increase in membership was recorded, and while two new 
Chapters were instituted in 1946, he expected several other 
Chapters would come into being in 1947. 

Dr. Rossiter closed a sterling address with these words — 

"Finally, my Companions, may it never be said that one of the 
enemies to a better world order is a Royal Arch Masonry without 
a Heart and Soul — a self-centred and comfortable thing — a piece of 
pious formalism. The letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life — 
life and power to become dynamic influences for good amongst our 
brother man. 

"I heard recently a stanza which expresses tersely the futility 
and the fatality of the self-centred life. With this I close — 

"He who seeks for heaven alone to save his soul 
May keep the path, but will not reach the goal; 
But he who walks in love may wander far, 
But God will bring him where the blessed are." 

After the ceremonies of installation Grand Chapter was 
closed in Ample Form. 

Quarterly Convocation, held in Perth, January 30, 1947, 
with Deputy Grand Z. Gleadell presiding. 

From a remarkably fine address by M. Ex. Comp. Gleadell 
we extract the following from his thoughtful reference to world 
conditions — 

"Freemasonry has a solution for this problem, and it is svmbol- 
ised by the travel, which urges us to spread the cement of brotherly 
love and affections which makes for order and harmony. A little 
less stubbornness and a little more fairness — a little less taking and 
a little more giving, with a keener appreciation of a desire and in- 
terest of others, would lead to far greater friendship. 

"Friendship is the essence of Freemasonry. Describe our frater- 
nity at your will — a philosophy, a way of life, a system of morality 
— one of its great charms is the fellowship it engenders and the 
friendships we make." 



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Quarterly Convocation, April 29, 1947, with the Grand Z. 
in the Chair. This Convocation was devoted to routine busi- 
ness and a short address by M. Ex. Comp. Rossiter. 

We read of the visit of the Grand Z. to the Eastern Gold- 
fields where he was loyally received by the Companions of Kal- 
goorlie Chapter. This meeting, by the way, proved to be the 
largest gathering of Capitular Masons ever held in this district. 

We regret that owing to the fact that Western Australia 
does not publish printed Proceedings, that we have been forced 
to call upon Western Australia's faithful representative in 
Canada for details of the various activities of Grand Chapter. 
V. Ex. Comp. Shaw has been most kind in this regard, but 
even with his assistance, we find the information somewhat 
meagre. 

Need we again express our pleasure in reviewing Western 
Australia, and as we commented last year, we have so much in 
common, that it is a great pity that we are unable to do full 
justice to our Sister Dominion. 

We should, however, like to say that from such informa- 
tion as we have received apparently the Royal Craft is moving 
steadily forward and taking a very active part in the Masonic 
life of the country. 

Our representative in Western Australia is W. H. Berry of 
Wembly Park, while the interests of Western Australia in 
Canada are carefully guarded by W. J. Shaw of Hamilton, Ont. 

WISCONSIN 

Gilbert R. Gehrke— Grand High Priest. 

William P. Weiler — Grand Secretary. 

The Ninety-Sixth Annual Convocation, held in Milwaukee, 
May 7, 1946. 

A beautiful organ recital preceded the formal opening of 
Grand Chapter by M. Ex. Comp. Gehrke. After prayers by the 
Grand Chaplain the United States colors were paraded and 
placed upon the dais. 

Grand Honors were accorded the distinguished visitors who 
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Chapters of Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and New York. Also 
present in goodly numbers were representatives of Grand 
Council, Grand Commandery and the Grand Lodge of Wiscon- 
sin. Fifteen Past Rulers of Grand Chapter were received and 
formally welcomed. 

Thirty-nine Grand Representatives answered the roll-call, 
Elmer S. Owens answering for Canada. 

A motion to increase the per capita tax to $1.00 was carried 
by a large majority. 

To meet the demand for Masonic education a resolution was 
presented to permit the institution of a Research Chapter. This 
Chapter will have no power to confer degrees, and membership 
in it is restricted to those holding active membership in a 
regular Chapter. 

The report of the Grand High Priest is complete in detail 
and very enlightening. After a word of welcome to those 
present, he refers to losses through death and made a sympa- 
thetic reference to the great loss sustained through the passing 
of M. Ex. Comp. D. W. Weaver. 

After announcing appointments and quoting his dispensa- 
tions, which, by the way, were all purely administrative, he 
referred to the work of the Order of De Molay. 

Under "State of the Craft" he spoke enthusiastically of the 
progress that has been made. He stated that the Royal Arch 
was definitely on the upward trend. After commenting on his 
visitations and paying tribute to the Grand Secretary and other 
officers, he concludes a fine address quoting from Abraham 
Lincoln as follows — 

"Let us have faith that right makes might; 
And in that faith let us to the end, 
Dare to do our duty as we understand it." 

The Grand Treasurer reports receipts of $14,272.00, ex- 
penditures $12,068.00, with investments of $8,700.00. 

The Grand Secretary's report is well worth reading, it con- 
cludes with this timely thought — 

"As Masons, ours is a particularly heavy responsibility, for we 
are recognized as leaders in thought and action. Whether it be in 
the community, in the state, the nation, or upon the great stage of 
world affairs, the individual Mason is destined to play a leading 
role in shaping the future of the world. It is a destiny which we 
cannot escape. Let us not forget this salient fact in the days and 
months and years ahead." 



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Wisconsin records a gain of 582 in membership, the largest 
net increase since 1927. 

The following is an extract from a most impressive report 
on "Obituaries", by the Rev. J. A. Daum— 

"Let us consider well this truth. The Eternal Christ gives each 
of us a new stone upon which we carve the mark of our intentions, 
and from these acts we construct the Tabernacle of this life." 

The report on Correspondence was written, and ably so, by 

Grand Secretary, W. F. Weiler. His Foreword is prefaced by 

Longfellow's well known poem — 

"Thou, too, sail on, 8 Ship of State! 
Sail on, Union, strong and great! 
Humanity with all its fears, 
With all the hopes of future years, 
Is hanging breathless on thy fate! 
Sail on, nor fear to breast the sea! 
Our hearts, our hopes, are all with thee, 
Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears, 
Our faith triumphant o'er our fears, 
Are all with thee, — are all with thee!" 

Speaking of the tendency to ignore the Ancient Landmarks, 
Comp. Weiler has this to say — 

"Many of our conservative Masons have been much disturbed 
over the tendency to mod oi "mze or streamline our Masonry. Our 
Masonic law is based on, first, the landmarks growing out of the 
ancient charges of Masons in the operative stage; second, general 
regulations; third, local regulations. The best interest of Masonry 
is always served when strict adherence to these ancient charges, 
landmarks and general regulations is closely adhered to." 

Our comment may be summed up in two words, "How true". 
We congratulate Comp. Weiler on the theme of his Foreword. 
He strikes at the root of a growing evil in the Masonry of to- 
day. We, therefore, tender our hearty applause. 

As the policy of Wisconsin is to review but half of the 
Grand Chapters each year, and as it takes in only those com- 
mencing with M to V, we, in Canada, must wait until next year 
for a review of our Proceedings. 

Edward S. Dodge was elected and installed Grand High 
Priest, William F. Weiler continues in the office of Grand 
Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

Canada's representative in Wisconsin is Elmer S. Owens, 
while William J. Wadsworth represents Wisconsin in Canada. 



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WYOMING 

James R. Mitchell — Grand High Priest. 

Forest G. Wheeler — Grand Secretary. 

The Thirty-Eighth Annual Convocation was held in Casper, 
July 9, 1946, with M. Ex. Comp. Mitchell presiding. 

Eleven Past Grand High Priests were present. A cordial 
welcome was tendered P.G.H.P. Bernard H. Harris of the Grand 
Chapter of Nebraska. Thirty-one Grand Representatives 
answered the roll-call and were formally received. It is with 
regret that we notice the absence of Canada's representative. 

The Grand High Priest delivered a thoughtful address with 
his introductory remarks covering a warm greeting to all pres- 
ent. He refers to the close of the war, the difficulties of peace, 
and pays tribute to the prominence of the United States in 
world affairs. We quote a line or two from his dissertation 
on American life — 

"The paramount question is not whether the American people 
can solve the political and economic problems of the world, but 
whether they can solve the problem of their own life, the problem 
of maintaining the old integrity of that life against the disease of 
luxury which has invariably sapped and destroyed all groups of men 
who enjoyed luxury in the long past." 

M. Ex. Comp. Mitchell referred to losses through death and 
paid fitting tribute to those who have gone before. 

Appointments and visitations find a place in the address 
as also does a reference to the co-operative spirit of the officers 
of Grand Chapter. 

The concluding remarks refer to the serious phase of 
Masonic work from which we take this excerpt. 

"Our Order is not a religion, creed or sect, and formulates no 
ritual of life nor asserts any principles of government. It concerns 
itself not with forms that change and perish, but with the growth, 
expansion and development of the individual soul, believing that there 
lies the true source of health and strength in society and the breath- 
ing, quickening spirit which controls the lives of men." 

A splendid address and one which we thoroughly enjoyed 
reading. 

The report of the Grand Treasurer clearly indicates that 
finances are sound and capably managed, while from the Grand 



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Secretary we learn that Wyoming enjoyed a successful year 
with a 13 per cent increase in membership. 

It is noteworthy that the Committee on Appeals and Griev- 
ances reported that nothing had come before the Committee 
for consideration and they apparently contented themselves 
with saying that "peace and harmony prevails." 

Following the election of officers Richard S. Webster was 
formally installed as Grand High Priest. Forest G. Wheeler 
was re-elected Grand Secretary. 

Wyoming does not publish a report on Fraternal Corre- 
spondence. 

Canada's representative in Wyoming is Mason I. Chapin, 
while our Grand First Principal, F. W. Dean, has the honor of 
carrying Wyoming's commission in Canada. 



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